Students in the African and Afro-American studies department say the department’s reputation and future should not be based on former chair Julius Nyang’oro.
Senior Sam Pride, a major in the department, said he thinks the focus of the media and administrators has unfairly been placed on what’s gone wrong within the department, rather than what’s going right.
He said since Eunice Sahle took over as department chair in November, there have been a lot of visible improvements.
Sahle replaced Nyang’oro, who was listed as the instructor for many of the more than 50 courses the University found to be aberrant or irregularly taught — meaning courses were not supervised appropriately by professors or that signatures on students’ work and grade rolls were forged.
“Sahle is already doing a good job,” Pride said. “She has made an effort to meet with students and to improve communication between the department and students.”