U of R and Tuskegee University forge historic partnership

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Student exchange to begin in fall 2018

In a first-of-its-kind agreement for both institutions, the University of Redlands and Tuskegee University, a private, historically black university in Alabama, have partnered to provide expanded opportunities for students and faculty, including residence at the partner institution for up to one year.

“Our historic new alliance with Tuskegee University will bring us impressive new opportunities,” says U of R President Ralph Kuncl. “The two institutions will enrich and strengthen each other’s scholarship and teaching, as we look forward to exploring an array of potential joint programs together.”

“Booker T. Washington, who founded Tuskegee University in 1881, was keen on educating the entire student—the hands and the heart, as well as the mind,” says Charlotte P. Morris, Tuskegee’s interim president. “Partnerships like this with the University of Redlands help to ensure we provide our students, and our faculty, with well-rounded academic and professional experiences.”

The initiative grew out of discussions at the U of R, particularly at both the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies and the Sociology and Anthropology Department, about augmenting domestic off-campus opportunities for students.

In early February, a five-person delegation from Redlands visited Tuskegee. In late September, a group from Tuskegee reciprocated with a trip to Redlands. The agreement was signed during the latter trip.

“We were impressed by Tuskegee’s talented students and faculty,” says Kendrick Brown, dean of U of R’s College of Arts and Sciences. “We also appreciated the student-centered programming and the institution’s commitment to first-generation students—attributes that mirror our own. This multifaceted partnership is an incredible opportunity for us to connect with a historically rich, vibrant university and its surrounding community.”

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