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About African & African Diaspora Studies Program

African & African Diaspora Studies Program African & African Diaspora Studies Program The mission of the FIU African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) is to develop its recognition as a leading Program in the interdisciplinary field of African & African diaspora studies, and related fields of inquiry. Our goal is to be internationally renowned, nationally competitive, and locally meaningful in order to contribute to the University’s objective of serving the people of South Florida, the state, the nation, and the international communities. The undergraduate and graduate instruction and services of the Program are designed to: Provide an excellent university education while challenging and stimulating students and participants to engage in, and develop skills for, critical thinking so that they can contribute to the development of the field and to the betterment of their communities' cultural, aesthetic, social, political, and economic environments; Generate new knowledge and research opportunities in African and African diaspora studies through the support of faculty research and exemplary teaching, and through the organization of stimulating conferences and colloquia of interest and relevance to the diverse populations of South Florida; Be dedicated to expose the university’s student body and external communities to the rich and diverse theoretical, political, and aesthetic bodies of work of scholars, artists, and political figures throughout the history of our fields; Develop original research projects focused on, and of great significance for, the local populations. The African & African Diaspora Studies Program seeks to foster greater understanding of the experiences of peoples of African descent, internationally.
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