Join the conversation.
Join our vibrant community and explore the rich diversity of African and African American social, cultural, political, and historical development. Our interdisciplinary program draws on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and offers unique summer study abroad experiences in Ghana and Cape Verde. We welcome students of every background to participate in today’s important conversations about race, and invite you to join us. We want to hear from you.
We have great events lined up for Black History Month. Come join us in person, and via social media @URIAfricana #URIBlackHistoryMonth
Meet Beatrice and Regina: They’re members of URI’s oldest multicultural organization: Uhuru Sasa- Freedom Now. They sat down to tell us about this important organization. Read the full interview here.
Meet Dami. He’s a senior at URI majoring in Political Science and Africana Studies. He has an internship at the Governor’s Office, was a Mayoral Fellow, is a Teaching Assistant for Africana Studies, an RA in Hopkins Hall, involved with URI’s Student Group Sankofa, loves reading and poetry, and he’s only 19. I sat down with Dami to get a better understanding of Africana Studies from a student perspective. I walked away with a far more profound understanding of the critical need for Africana Studies, not only as a major at URI, but also a discipline critical to the compassionate development of America and humanity. Here he is, in his own words:
Why Africana Studies at URI?
A Welcoming Community
In our classes, lectures, performances, and other special events you will have the opportunity to interact and share ideas with students, faculty, and community members of all backgrounds. Participate in Africa Week each fall, and celebrate the diverse foods, music, culture, and history of Africa.
An Interdisciplinary Focus
The Africana Studies B.A. program draws on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, offering a wide range of courses that explore the history, culture, politics, and economics of people of African origin. The Africana Studies major complements a variety of other programs and many of our students elect to double major. An Africana Studies minor is also available.
Offering Global Opportunities
The design and content of the Africana Studies B.A. program, as well as the experiences offered by our Ghana and Cape Verde study abroad programs, prepare our students for a variety of global opportunities, such as work in humanitarian organizations, community development, and public service, among others.