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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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

“Dusk to Dawn: Black Labor, the Law, and the Struggle for Justice in NC” High Point Reparations Commission

The City of High Point published the One High Point Commission on Reparations and Reconciliation report, featuring “Dusk to Dawn: […]

Posted on August 30, 2023

AADS short documentary film receives laurel at African Film Festival

AADS minor Maya Darby and fellow film-maker and UNCG alumn Duncan Lauer recently received a laurel for their documentary “Naming […]

Posted on August 20, 2023

AADS Students and Faculty Travel to East Africa

Led by AADS faculty members — the sociologist Dr. Hewan Girma and ethnomusicologist Dr. David Aarons — a group of […]

Posted on July 2, 2023