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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What's Happening


AADS Alumni wins prestigious dissertation award

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has named AADS program alumni Charles L. Chavis Jr. as the recipient of the 2017-18 SREB Dissertation Award.


Carnegie Foundation names Dr. Omar H. Ali NC Professor of the year.

The Carnegie Foundation has named Dr. Omar H. Ali North Carolina Professor of the year. Ali is a Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Program and is the Dean of Lloyd International Honors College.


Comanche: Hero Complexities

The African American & African Diaspora Studies program, the UNCG School of Dance, and University Libraries received a community-engaged grant: Comanche: Hero Complexities. This multidisciplinary community engaged event series gives voice to Caribbean and African diasporic legacies and contributes to the diverse perspectives that are part of American culture.

Cerise Glenn

Dr. Cerise L. Glenn receives outstanding book chapter award

The African American and Culture Division of the National Communication Association names Dr. Cerise L. Glenn, AADS Program Director, Outstanding Book Chapter Award Recipient.

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