Andrew and Symerdar Baskin’s relationship with Berea College began in 1969 when Andrew enrolled in Berea College as a first-year student from Alcoa, Tennessee. He graduated from Berea in December 1972, earning a B.A. in History. Andrew andSymerdar, along with their daughters, moved to Berea in 1983 from Ferrum, Virginia, when he became the first Director of the Black Cultural and Interracial Education Program. Andrew is the only faculty member to receive the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Paul C. Hager Award for Excellence in Advising, and the Elizabeth Perry Miles Award in Community Service, three of Berea’s highest honors.
One of his many responsibilities was serving as the chairperson of African and African American Studies for at least ten years. Thus, he knows firsthand the importance of funding for student research about the experiences of people of Black African descent.
Symerdar worked in the insurance business for over 25 years but was a former educator before moving to Berea. Along with her partner, she has been the unofficial counselor, mentor, and advisor for many Berea College students.
Support the Andrew and Symerdar Baskin Student Research Fund, which enables student research projects that focus on the experiences of people of African descent in the Diaspora throughout the continent of Africa.