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

“Race, Culture, & the Law” kicks off Black History Month!

Dr. Andrea Hunter and Mr. Jerry Blakemore joined Dean Omar Ali in a conversation on “Race, Culture, and the Law” […]

Posted on February 1, 2023

Celebrating our May 2022 graduates!

Photos of AADS graduates with faculty, special guests, and family in attendance, held in the Weatherspoon Museum courtyard.

Posted on May 20, 2022

Visiting Fellow Monica Carrillo and Afro-Latin American/Latinx Studies at AADS

AADS shines a light on the African Diaspora in Latin America with CACE conference programing, classes (e.g. AADS Special Topics […]

Posted on August 15, 2021

AADS receives Dean’s Award for the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusiveness

May 10, 2021 The College of Arts & Sciences announced that this year’s award goes to the African American & […]

Posted on May 10, 2021