Habari Gani! It is an honor to serve as Chair of one of the oldest and largest Black Studies departments in the nation. We are cultivating an intellectual environment grounded in the histories, cultures, and worldview of African people that seeks to activate the strengths of our students and their communities.
Through our degree programs, curriculum and programming, we aim to raise students' and scholars' critical race consciousness and cultural literacy to challenge systemic racism, anti-Blackness and inequities. We also offer a wealth of community engagement and empowerment opportunities.
Consider taking a course with us. Also, explore the benefits of majoring or minoring in Africana Studies. Our Majors gain:
- Cultural intelligence and critical race literacy & consciousness
- Preparation for culturally appropriate civic engagement
- Africana literary and cultural competence
- Knowledge and skills in Africana research methodologies and methods for studying people of African descent
- Training in advocacy for social change and social justice
We remain committed to the wellbeing of our students, their families and communities. Establishing and maintaining partnerships with local, national and international communities are vital to our success.
As we begin the start of a new semester, we strive to advance academic excellence, liberatory scholarship, and community empowerment.
Welcome to the Africana Studies Department,
Dr. Marquita Gammage,
Full Professor and Chair