The Endowment for the James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies is established at Dalhousie University "...to bring black culture, reality, perspectives, experiences and concerns into the Academy."
Dalhousie University takes a significant step in the area of minority student services by appointing Beverly Johnson as the university’s first Black Student Advisor. Johnson, a 41-year-old social worker, said she wanted young blacks to know they had a place on campus too, and she is someone they can turn to if problems arise.
Dalhousie Black Student Advising Centre is created – the first of its kind in Canada. It supports all students of African descent in pursuit of post-secondary education. It is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building.
The Transition Year Program (TYP) begins at Dalhousie University. The one-year program, designed for First-Nation and African-Canadian adults, prepares students who do not yet meet standard Dalhousie entrance requirements. In its first year, 23 students were enrolled – 17 of those students were black.