College of Arts and Sciences


African American Studies strives to be a leader in its outreach programs and desires to directly impact the scholarly and community service activities of Western Illinois University, the Macomb community, west central Illinois and others parts of our immediate and global world.

Western Illinois University Black Alumni

African American Studies has built a strong relationship with WIU black alumni and collaborates in ventures that will bring immediate and long-term benefits to communities in Illinois, the United States and the world. The department also partners with alumni in recruiting students with outstanding potential who will become leaders in shaping our global society.

African American Studies looks at its alumni as its ambassadors to the immediate and larger world communities and alumni are regularly updated on the progress of the department and are invited to send ideas and suggestions that will strengthen the department's offerings and support extra curricular activities for students and faculty. It also encourages its alumni to further their education with an AAS post-secondary education that will give them the tools to become leaders of their communities and to prepare them to be relevant in the social, economic and political arenas of our global community, ensuring a strong and satisfactory career.

Western Illinois University Foundation

Through the WIU Foundation, African American Studies provides its alumni opportunities to support the it's educational and community outreach endeavors. AAS alumni and others interested in supporting a strong AAS discipline have opportunities to support the general operations, institute scholarship programs, support current scholarships and student recruitment, or other areas of interest.