Our Mission

African American & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) advances the university’s commitment to diverse perspectives and inclusive learning environments through course offerings, programming, and community engagement. We foster interdisciplinary study for 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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Recent News

AADS partners with Honors for Freedom Festival!

The Freedom Festival is a celebration and an exploration of the relationship between freedom and independence.  It lasts from Juneteenth […]

Posted on June 6, 2024

AADS faculty lead Columbia University workshop on the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean

Saturday, June 8, 2024 A Professional Development Workshop for Educators “The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean:   The Ninth century […]

Posted on May 14, 2024

UNCG students on their three-week study abroad adventure in Tanzania in 2023.

Students in Tanzania Study-Abroad Program Get Up-Close View of Life in Indian Ocean World

This summer, six undergraduate and two graduate students will travel to Tanzania on a three-week study abroad adventure offered by the UNC Greensboro African American & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program and the Lloyd International Honors College, in collaboration with the Ethiopian, East African & Indian Ocean Research Network.

Posted on April 23, 2024

AADS students stand in front of the site of the 1960 Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro.

AADS Receives Mellon Grant for Equity-Based Educational Programs

The grant will fund eight internships, which will be offered to undergraduate students with AADS majors. The internships fall into three categories: community engagement, multimedia documentation, and AADS alumni engagement.

Posted on April 8, 2024