Dr. Michael Cooke was recently appointed as dean of UWA's College of Liberal Arts. Cooke says one of his main goals is increasing diversity in staff and curriculum.
"It's vital for people to understand their roots. It's also very important because we're part of a global village and so I'm not just talking about African-American studies but also looking at Latin America, looking at Africa, looking at other parts of the world like Asia. We just need more diversity in general, not just simply focus on African American culture," says Cooke.
Classes at UWA begin Monday, August 23.