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Rice University Criticized Over ‘Afrochemistry’ Class

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Rice University faced criticism for its new “Afrochemistry” class, which aims to analyze science through an African American lens.

The class will explore diverse historical and contemporary scientists and their contributions to chemistry, focusing on racial justice and the impact of society on science.

The course will not count toward a chemistry major but will give credit towards an African and African American studies minor. (Trending: 2024 Miss America Winner Crowned)

“Diverse historical and contemporary scientists, intellectuals, and chemical discoveries will inform personal reflections and proposals for addressing inequities in chemistry and chemical education,” reads the course description.

Brooke Johnson, a Rice graduate with a PhD in chemistry from Princeton will teach the class that will address questions like, “What does it look like to do science on one’s own terms?”, “What does justice look like in chemistry?”, and “How does our society shape the science we do?”

“We will approach chemistry using a historical and contemporary African American lens in order to analyze science and its impact,” reads an informational flyer about the class.

“No prior knowledge of chemistry or African American studies is required” is required.

The university’s effort to promote diversity through this class is part of a broader trend, as seen in a recent incident at Johns Hopkins.

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