We take pride in the culture of our department. We draw connections between various fields of study and the rich history of African American and African diaspora achievements. We advance the arts through the productions of our exceptional ensembles. We are advocates for a more complete understanding of the politics, history, and contributions of African American and African diaspora cultures, examining them in classes that are unique, dynamic, and life-changing. We look squarely at the corrosive effects of racism, and work in the direction of social justice.
A welcoming + inviting place to be
Faculty, staff, and students in our program will tell you that our community feels like family. Goodwill and collaborative spirit is abundant in our department. Our small class sizes allow faculty to spend more time individually mentoring and getting to know our students. We aim to make our department a place where students feel that they belong.
Our department also supports and manages the Atkins Living-Learning Center, a welcoming home away from home designed to build community through interaction about contemporary issues and life experiences.