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Position: Program and Facility Manager Purdue University Black Cultural Center
Call for Papers Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas

Program and Facility Manager

Purdue University Black Cultural Center


The Purdue Black Cultural Center invites applicants for Purdue University Black Cultural Center Program and Facility Manager.  The successful applicant will possess knowledge of African American history and culture and have the ability to communicate that knowledge through programs, workshops, and facilitated discussions.  He or she will be dedicated to helping underrepresented students maximize their potential and assist the broader campus community in developing cultural literacy skills.  Work in partnership with campus departments to provide culturally relevant programs, and promote the development and success of traditionally underrepresented students in higher education. Support recruitment and retention initiatives for students of color. Facility management responsibilities include but are not limited to coordinating and maintain a safe, clean and efficient BCC facility.


Purdue Black Cultural Center


The Purdue Black Cultural Center (BCC) is a nationally acclaimed organization and treasured educational resource.  It is a focal point for the African American experience and a force for cultural enrichment and intellectual growth at Purdue University and in the community.  The Black Cultural Center is a place where the black experience in America can be explored, celebrated and shared.  The center provides an environment that fosters cross-cultural exchanges and noteworthy research as well as artistic expression through music, dance, drama and creative writing.



  • Bachelor's degree required.  Masters preferred. Three years of experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and cultural competence.
  • Experience and knowledge in working with students of color in an educational setting
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, group facilitation and strong administrative, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Strong community building skills and record of collaborating with colleagues to support student success.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The successful candidate must have the ability to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families and communities.


  • Develop, implement, and administer co-curricular educational activities and student development programs including but not limited to Friends and Family Day, Difficult Dialogues, Art Exhibitions, Annual Awards program, etc.
  • Research best practices in student diversity initiatives and develop resources for the campus community.
  • Serve as a resource to students as they navigate their way through the campus culture, providing leadership on sustaining and enriching a campus climate that is welcoming to all members of the community.
  • Oversee the development and facilitation of information sessions, presentations and workshops related to the African American undergraduate experience.
  • Hire, train and supervise student employees, maintain electronic timekeeping records.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff on cultural literacy programs
  • Serve as a docent overseeing the development and implementation of cultural lectures and interpersonal communication between people from different cultures
  • Oversee facility reservations and logistical support for programs held at the BCC, keep traffic counts and facility use statistics for monthly and annual reports.
  • Manage the repair, upkeep and custodial functions for the BCC.
  • Monitor acquisitions and property of the center including artifact collection, art displays and office equipment.
  • Develop strong partnerships with academic areas and the surrounding community in support of co-curricular cultural programs and activities.
  • Promote dialogue and discussion of African American history and popular culture

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2015.


To Apply

All applicants must apply on line  


Hard copies of application materials can also be sent to:


Renee Thomas, Director

Purdue Black Cultural Center

1100 Third Street

West Lafayette, IN 47906 

Call for Papers

Afro-Latinos in Movement:

Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas


Deadline: June 15, 2014


Editors: Petra R. Rivera-Rideau (Virginia Tech), Jennifer A. Jones (Notre Dame), Tianna S. Paschel (University of Chicago)


How do ideas about, and experiences of, blackness travel across the Americas? How does this circulation of representations of blackness - through popular music, the internet, print media, and scholarship - influence local ideas of race and nation?  How does (im)migration to and within the Americas shape and reshape understandings about blackness? Afro-Latinos in Movement - an edited interdisciplinary volume being prepared for Palgrave Macmillan's Afro-Latino Diasporas Series - seeks to answer such questions. A collection of theoretically engaging and empirically grounded chapters and original artwork, this book will examine African-descended populations in Latin America and Afro-Latinos in the United States in order to explore broader questions of black identity and representation, transnationalism and diaspora in the Americas.


Afro-Latinos in Movement draws on previous works on race and blackness in Latin America and U.S. Latino communities, while also providing a uniquely hemispheric approach. The volume will build up from the U.S. context to critically examine how blackness, and more specifically afrolatinidad, is understood, transformed, and re-imagined across locales throughout the Americas. In this way, the volume emphasizes the multiple movements across geographic borders, and over time. Thus, Afro-Latinos in Movement will broaden and deepen the discussion on afrolatinidad in the Americas by providing a critical transnational approach to understanding blackness in the region.


Afro-Latinos in Movement will be arranged in three sections, each of which will emphasize the multidisciplinary aspect of this volume by incorporating a range of works including creative or biographical pieces. While the volume will highlight the circulation of ideas and identities across borders more generally, we expect that about half of the contributions will center on Afrolatinidad in the United States.


To that end, we invite manuscripts from both historical and contemporary perspectives that address topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The role of social media and the internet in shaping afrolatinidad
  • Afro-Latino cultural and political movements
  • The impact of migration on understandings of afrolatinidad
  • Representations of afrolatinidad in media (e.g. newspapers, magazines, digital media)
  • Theoretical interventions on diaspora and transnationalism in the Americas

Submission Guidelines

We invite complete manuscripts from all disciplines for inclusion in this volume, including relevant creative works.  All submissions (creative or scholarly) must be original.

All submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on June 15, 2014 and should include:

  • Author(s) curriculum vitae as separate attachment;
  • Manuscript title;
  • Name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information of author(s) including email address and phone number;
  • Abstract of the paper or creative piece up to 200 words;
  • Keywords (maximum of 6);
  • All tables and illustrations;
  • Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly or professional biography of each author;
  • Scholarly papers should be 5000 to 8000 words, inclusive of references;
  • Poems, short stories, creative essays and biographical entries should be a maximum of 5000 words;
  • Artwork should be sent jpeg format, compressed to no larger than 25 MB (larger formats will be used for publication).

Manuscripts should be submitted via electronic attachment (word or PDF file preferred) to: with 'Volume Submission' in the subject line. CVs should be included as a separate document. Manuscripts may be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be reviewed continuously until the submission deadline. Final decisions will be issued to authors no later than July 30th 2014. Manuscripts will be published in English only.


Submitted manuscripts or artwork should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors for inclusion. Submissions will be continuously reviewed until the deadline. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.


If you have any additional inquiries regarding the Call for Papers, submission guidelines, or volume series, please direct all inquiries to:



Tianna Paschel
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
University of Chicago
Department of Political Science

Office phone: 773-702-0675


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