African American & African Studies

a degree that prepared him for the World

By Natasha Moore

DeSean Smedley is a man whose passion can be felt by everyone that crosses his path. His degree in African American & African Studies not only fueled his fire, but it also gave him the knowledge, courage, and support needed to shape his future into whatever he desires.

PARTNERING WITH high SCHOOLS TO FIX AN EDUCATION GAP

By Kelly O'Brien

A partnership between the Department of African American & African Studies and three area high schools seeks to remedy a gap in ethnic studies education, all too typical in school curricula, while helping students from underrepresented populations see themselves on a college campus. Introduction to African American Studies, created by Professor Rose Brewer and taught through College in the Schools by teachers is the first ethnic studies course offered and is being piloted this year.