October 29, 2004 Newsletter
Don Sims' Profile
through student protest, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
(CAAS) is one of the first and only diasporic academic departments in
the world. While it's primary mission is to educate, a lesser known
mandate has always been to aid and serve the larger community. With
that in mind, CAAS key administrator, Don Sims, sets an excellent example.
A coach of junior league football and basketball, a former board member of the University of Michigan Credit Union and current board member of several youth organizations including Aquademics and R.E.A.C.H, Don has made youth outreach his own private passion. He's also a mentor in the Ypsilanti Public School's Dads for Education as well as the UM Coaches Guest Program where he mentors incoming freshman student-athletes.
"I love working with kids," says Don, who's been with the university for 14 years. "They're so open and excited about learning new things. Honestly, I get as much if not more from them as they get from me."
Married for 10 years and the proud father of two active boys, Don has had a fair amount of practice in inspiring young people. His oldest son, Dion, is an AAU champion in both basketball and track while his youngest, Demetrius, participates in the Washtenaw Junior Football League, Ypsilanti National Baseball League, Ann Arbor Raptors Baseball and Ypsilanti Township and AAU Basketball leagues.
course, family and volunteer obligations start after hours. Don's got
a pretty full plate during his work day as well. The consummate people
person, he is the "go-to-man" for staff and faculty. An accountant
with a bachelors degree in Finance from Wilberforce University, he manages
the center's financial operations, supervises seven full-time staff,
acts as a liaison and coordinator for more than fifty CAAS faculty members
and he represents the Center on a host of university committees.
"I joined CAAS because I wanted the opportunity to engage professionally and socially with people who are working in a field that is of great interest to me. And, in that way, it's been an incredible four years. I've met so many dynamic personalities, really the whole spectrum of black people."
Having overseen the Center's move a year and half ago from West to Haven Hall and the subsequent reorganizing that accompanies such a massive endeavor, Don says this semester has been relatively quiet, but quickly knocks on wood as he says it.
"My friends in the business world think academia's a breeze comparatively speaking," Don says, "which is definitely not the case. But, I have to say, it is nice knowing all that blood, sweat and tears is for something you believe in. That definitely makes a difference."
Of particular interest will be the screening of "Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power"at the W.S.U., Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium - Saturday, Nov. 13, 4:00pm (screening with By Any Means Necessary)--- attending will be the wife, son, and brother of the late civil rights leader Robert F. Williams. They will be available for questions immediately following the screening. I also believe the screening of "Silver Wings & Civil Rights, the Fight to Fly" will be a unique opportunity. Not only will the filmmaker be there, but also several surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen. You are invited to attend and take part in a panel discussion following either film.
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This event will be held from 6-11pm on
Several distinguished guests including Pfizer leadership
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You will also have opportunity to tour the Charles Wright African American Museum on that evening.
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You can also verify your polling place and your voter registration status. Copies of the League of Women Voters' guide to the 2004 candidates and ballot proposals are available in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library lobby, Hatcher South lobby, and Documents Center. If you want to check campaign contributions, create your own electoral college scenario, determine the hot Congressional races, or read the Duelfer report, there's a link for it at: http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/elec2004.html
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