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Africana Studies

  • A lasting legacy
    The Colored Conventions Project, founded and hosted at UD, organized a celebration of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass to mark the famed activist's 201st birthday.
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  • UD Celebrates Black History Month
    The University of Delaware hosts community and camus events during February (and March) to celebrate Black History Month
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  • Race, class, disadvantage
    Leland Ware, the Louis L. Redding Chair for the Study of Law and Public Policy, is the author of a new book examining educational and housing policies and racial disparities.
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  • Highlighting the humanities
    The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities visited with UD faculty and students while touring programs that emphasize public engagement and outreach.
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  • Apr
    16
    History Workshop
    Apr. 16th, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
    203 John Munroe Hall
    Elizabeth Higginbotham, Professor of Sociology Emerita, University of Delaware

    Understanding My Father's Work: Ingredients for a Legacy 
  • May
    31
    Africana Studies Convocation
    May 31st, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    2 p.m. in the Puglisi Theatre (Room 101), Roselle Center for the Arts followed by a celebratory reception at 3 p.m. 
  • Jun
    1
    UD Commencement
    Jun. 1st, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    University of Delaware Stadium
    9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the University of Delaware Football Stadium. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. Recommended arrival time is 7:30 a.m. Student procession begins at 8:20 a.m. Commencement is a rain or shine event. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony may be shortened. Graduates and members of their families will need tickets for June 1, 2019, ceremony.  
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  • AliShah J. Watson
    Program Coordinator for Educate to Innovate

    ​"An AFRA degree encompasses more than just the black experience. It teaches you about the connections between all cultures--the connections that create our communities. With an AFRA degree one can join the public sector in any community and be an asset to the people through diversity-driven community programs and development."

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  • Allana Cook
    Social Services Specialist at Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution

    ​"You can honor the past, empower the present and rediscover consciousness. With an AFRA degree you can work meaningfully across various disciplines, and that will inevitably help you to accomplish great things."

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  • Amanda Lukoff
    Co-Owner of Thorough Productions and Director of Media & Marketing at Custom Safaris

    ​"With my Africana Studies degree, I have been empowered to follow my dream of becoming a filmmaker. I am inspired to be a more conscientious and compassionate storyteller with the knowledge and strength I found from my studies."

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  • Ashlee Johnson
    J.D. Candidate at Wake Forest University School of Law, 2016

    ​"In the multicultural world we call home, an AFRA degree is essential in assuring diverse economic opportunities for students, and for understanding the age-old influences of Black heritage in our society. As an aspiring lawyer, I value AFRA courses because they not only taught me about the communities I aim to serve, but also trained me to appreciate various perspectives, and to challenge society's status quo. This type of training is beneficial in any field.

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  • Brooklyn Hitchens
    Rutgers University, Department of Sociology, PhD Program and Ralph J. Bunche Graduate Fellow

    ​"Most people think you can't do anything with an AFRA degree, but in reality, an AFRA degree gives you the skills and wherewithal to excel in any field. The difference is that an AFRA degree will help you think critically within that field from a particular lens of Africa and the African diaspora. This sets you a part from the norm and the rest of mainstream America.”

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  • Kristin Rowe
    Michigan State University Graduate Student and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Specialization in African American and African S

    ​“I'm a student at Michigan State University's graduate program in African American and African Studies, working towards my doctoral degree. I am employed and funded through an assistantship with the Specialization in African American and African Studies program. AFRA is great because it allows for diverse, interdisciplinary study such as this.”

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  • Shakir McLean
    Medical Student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    ​“My choice to become an AFRA major not only provided intellectual balance with my pre-med classes but also influenced the trajectory of my medical career. The AFRA experience became my inspiration to address health disparities of marginalized populations.”

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  • Sharon Hayes
    Finance Associate

    "The AFRA education I obtained from the University of Delaware allowed me to interact with the global business community on a level that enabled my peers from other cultures to understand and appreciate my culture as well as theirs. The global scale of my work includes Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America. The learning does not stop after graduation but serves as a foundation for continuous education."

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  • Department of Africana Studies
  • 417 Ewing Hall, 15 Orchard Road
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2897
  • afra-info@udel.edu
  • Center for Black Culture
  • African Studies Program
  • Black Student Union
  • Christina Cultural Arts Center
  • Black Graduate Student Association
  • National Council for Black Students