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Progress and no obstacles were reported by the Black Studies Review Committee to the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees last night. Al vin E. Roberts, a sociology instructor and member of the committee, told the board that the committee is in the process of interviewing candidates for the post of coördinator of the new program and that by June 9 it will select a permanent review committee. The committee will help the coördinator keep in touch with student needs. The committee believes that some additional staff will be needed and has mentioned two full-time instructors and possibly some part-time teachers for special courses, he said. It will submit recommendations later. It will also s o o n submit a budget request for curriculum development, research, the coordinator's travel to other places having black studies and staffing. A student court plan is being worked on by a subcommittee, Roberts said. The committee is also developing sensitivity training for faculty and students. The faculty training will probably start in the fall although some departments want to start it right away. The "Week of Awareness" program Monday through Thursday of this week is part of the students' sensitivity training program, Roberts said. Administrators and board members were asked to particípate. Roberts said the committee will recommend that many classes be held in the black communities to parallel the college's effort at recruiting black students. People will thus get involved in the college and in the community, he said. The Black Student Union now has an office which will be _ expanded when the coördinator isúyred. There is already a fullJjjMfceecretary. fl pegc President David H. K said that WCC and its WWd have been concerned since the college's inception four years ago with recruiting and serving needs of black students. He said the black studies program, which was requested late last month by students, has two functions. They are to d e v e 1 o p self-awareness and pride among black students, and to help whites understand. "It is an enrichment function, not job training," he said. Board Chairman Evart W. Ardis said the board "deeply appreciates the committee's effort. This project has top priority." Trustee Robert G. Forman noted that on May 6 when the board voted to implement the black studies program and tol implement other recommenda-l tions of the review committee I that it had agreed to support! the program financially so thatl that should not be an obstacle.