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The Benjamin A. Quarles Humanities and Social Science Institute at Morgan State University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is an intellectual, cultural, and academic center and resource that promotes and facilitates excellence in scholarship, training, resource development and public engagement that leads to an understanding and appreciation of peoples and cultures of African America and the African Diaspora and their intersection with all continents in the global community.


The Institute aims to increase the number African-American faculty, faculty of African descent and faculty who have expertise in the area who are engaged in scholarly activities and teaching at historically black colleges and universities. Second, it aims to increase the enrollment, retention and graduation of undergraduate students majoring in disciplines and entering graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences. Finally, it aims to expose underrepresented and underserved communities to the interdisciplinary nature of the humanities at Morgan and the study and appreciation of cultures in the African Diaspora.


The Quarles Institute sponsors Quarles Faculty Fellows in Research and Professional Enrichment, Quarles Graduate Student Scholars in African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Quarles Undergraduate Scholars in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the African-American Legacy, and Quarles Summer Outreach Partnership with Baltimore City public high schools.


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