AADS Mission

The African American and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) advances the university’s commitment to diverse perspectives and inclusive learning environments through course offerings, programming, and community engagement. It fosters interdisciplinary study for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students by examining how people of African descent have shaped our world. As a program located in a city with a history of Black sociopolitical movements, we provide a forum to engage the complexities of Black life across African diasporas.

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Dr. Omar Ali, Rhiannon Giddens, and Francensco Turris Discuss “Mixing and Re-Mixing the African Diaspora and Islamic World.”

On Sept. 10, AADS faculty member and Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College, Dr. Omar H. Ali joined Grammy recipient and…


Dr. Brian McGowan leads Conversation on Issues Impacting Black College Students

On September 19, Dr. Brian McGowan, AADS Faculty Affiliate and Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education and Higher Education department, kicked off…


AADS Faculty host documentary film screening and public conversation

AADS faculty members, Dr. Omar H. Ali and Dr. Cerise L. Glenn were among faculty from UNCG and Wake Forest University, that…


AADS Alumna Itane Coleman on UNCG’s new Alumni Podcast

AADS alumna Itane Coleman ‘17 takes part in UNCG’s new alumni podcast, Spartans Speak. The podcast is hosted by the UNCG GOLD…

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