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Black GSU Faculty Members Pen Letter Calling For More Inclusive Policies, Practices

The letter details a number of proposed changes -- including the recognition of three Black women, Mary Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt and Iris Mae Welch, who sued to desegregate Georgia State University in 1956.
The letter details a number of proposed changes -- including the recognition of three Black women, Mary Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt and Iris Mae Welch, who sued to desegregate Georgia State University in 1956.
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More than 200 Black faculty members at Georgia State University recently signed a letter calling for more inclusive practices and policies at their institution.

The letter details a number of proposed changes — including the recognition of three Black women, Mary Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt and Iris Mae Welch, who sued to desegregate the university in 1956.

On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Dr. Elizabeth West, professor of English and a scholar in African American and women’s literature at Georgia State University, and Dr. Jacque-Corey Cormier, clinical assistant professor of health promotion and behavior in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, joined host Rose Scott to discuss this letter and what they make of President Mark Becker’s response to their concerns.

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To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.