University of Minnesota
African Studies Initiative

African Studies Initiative

Community Outreach


  • Minnesota Spokesman Recorder (MSR):
    • MSRĀ  is one of the most respected newspapers in the state
    • AA&AS faculty contribute monthly articles to the MSE under the column heading Afro Thoughts.
  • K-12 partnerships:
    • AA&AS have programs and partnerships with K-12 institutions aim to serve students throughout their educational path and to help ensure students understand the limitless career pathways for graduates of the department.
  • Department of Medicine: Infectious Diseases and International Medicine
  • African Development Center of Minnesota:
    • Partners with University of Minnesota Extension
    • The mission of the African Development Center is to grow businesses, build wealth, and increase reinvestment in the African communities of Minnesota.
    • Provides workshops and consultations on financial literacy, business development, and home ownership. ADC is dedicated to the economic empowerment and success of African immigrants.
  • University Partner: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
    • For more than 20 years, the Given Foundation for African American Literature has been the only organization in the Twin Cities exclusively dedicated to advancing and celebrating black literature and writers. Our literary arts residencies, African American Author Series, and programs for writers illuminate the cultural resources and creative imagination found within African American literature to enrich cultural understanding for diverse audiences of all ages.
    • Some programs/events:
      • NOMMO Author Series
      • Black Writers Retreat
      • Givens Black Books