Africana Studies Department

The Department of Africana Studies promotes the concept of “the world within reach” through teaching, research, and service.  Its mission is to engender an appreciation of diversity and emphasize the ways in which Africans and people of African descent in the Americas have constructed and interpreted their own lives and cultures.  The department interacts with local and global communities: faculty share their expertise in classes, symposia, and forums, many of which are geared toward the community, while students participate in internships and community service that integrate their academic and practical knowledge.  For example, the Department co-sponsored (with the Office of International Education) an awareness-raising event about the Invisible Children of Uganda and continues to work on many aspects of HIV/AIDS awareness and research, including fundraising for HIV infected South African women, educating two South African Zulu girls, and a book drive for AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe during the spring 2008.  

Contact: Marcia Sutherland
Phone: (518) 442-4730
Email: africana@albany.edu
School, college, division or unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department or subunit: Department of Africana Studies