Our program is in the midst of an exciting year of transition as we merge the former African American Studies Research Program with Africana Studies to become African American & Africana Studies. The vision for the new program as reflected in our dynamic new logo, includes a renewed commitment to collaboration and community and a curriculum driven first hand exploration and study of the African Diaspora.
In addition to continuing the exciting programs from previous years, our goals for this academic year include reviewing and re-visioning the curriculum, laying the foundation for a new interdisciplinary degreed program, establishing new international partners, planning our first domestic and international travel/study opportunities, and increasing number of minors.
Our focus on community building includes plans to repurpose our current office spaces in order to accommodate and support key student organizations including the African Student Association and the Black Student Union. We have launched a new book club that seeks to reach out to faculty, staff and students. We have initiated a wellness and bonding opportunity via a UK chapter of the Isaac Murphy Bicycle Club. We are making an aggressive effort to increase the new program’s visibility and credibility by co-sponsoring new opportunities and programs with various campus units. We are co-sponsoring this year’s homecoming activities and partnering with the Lyman T. Johnson Constituency Group in an effort to reach out and build stronger relationships between African American alumni and UK via this year’s Village Experience designed to bring student organizations, Black Greeks, alumni, faculty and staff together for a daylong celebration.
African American and Africana Studies Administration & Staff:
Dr. Melynda Price, Director, 257-5022. firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Del Toro, Department Manager, 257-2284, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org