Students at the University of Pennsylvania protested the closing of the school’s Africa Center in front of prospective undergraduates, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on Monday.
The students also protested the merger of the school’s African studies department and Center for Africana Studies.
The protest was led by students majoring in African studies, as well as members of the Penn African Students Association and of Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation.
Students said the merger doesn’t make sense because Africana studies concerns itself with the African diaspora, while African studies focus on the African continent.
Penn, in an email to students, said the changes were precipitated by a number of eliminations in federal funding.
Some students, however, questioned the school’s motives, since the Africa Center employed only three staff members and Penn is in the process of opening a new center in Beijing.