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African Studies Initiative

African Studies Initiative


African American Leadership Forum - UROC

A movement of African American leaders and stewards across six metropolitan areas – the Twin Cities, Portland, Seattle, Des Moines, Tacoma, and Omaha – that is committed to the revitalization and sustainability of a vibrant African American community. 

Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC)

Opened its door in 1966 to provide primary care service to children and low income families in South Minneapolis. Students in the center engage with a global patient population and will be able to learn first hang about global health issues. CUHCC’s patient population comes from over 12 different racial and ethnic groups that span five continents.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA)

EOAA is committed to eliminating individual and systemic barriers that inhibit individuals and groups from attaining equal access to University of Minnesota employment, education, programs, and services. In service to both the University of Minnesota and the broader community, we provide expertise and system-wide leadership for the University in the following areas: Advocacy, Policy Development and Issue Identification, Education, Discrimination Consultation and Investigation, Community Connections, and Compliance.

Global Pediatrics

Our focus has been on insuring the best possible possible health for children worldwide through our programs in research, education and clinical care. Among our earliest initiatives at the University of Minnesota was the establishment of a global health track for pediatric and medicine-pediatric residents, which has graduated x residents with global health certification through 2013. We published and have implemented the first competency-based residency curriculum in global child health in the US. Our research focuses on the interactions between infection, nutrition and neurodevelopment, and we conduct research studies in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and the United States.

GPS Alliance

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the central international office for the University of Minnesota system. The GPS Alliance is the driving force for the University of Minnesota in globalizing teaching, learning, research, and engagement. They support the University’s mission by working closely with campuses, colleges, units, faculty, and staff, students, and the community to comprehensively internationalize the University of Minnesota.

Institute on Community Integration

Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. They work with service providers, policymakers, educators, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, researchers, families, and individuals with disabilities around the world to provide state-of-the-art information and practices that support the community inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Helps immigrants, and the Somali community.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change

A University of Minnesota campus-wide center that seeks to foster an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community of faculty and students committed to supporting and advancing research, education, and collaborative initiatives related to global change, with a focus on the global south (Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as communities in North America). ICGC provides intellectual and financial support for more than sixty graduate and professional students, beyond there graduate fellowships (ICGC Scholar, ICGC Mellon Scholar, and ICGC Science and Development), the Center also provides enabling small grants to graduate and professional students for international internships and pre-dissertation fieldwork in the global south.

International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)

Organized in 1985 at the World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya, to promote recognition of women’s human rights under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the CEDAW Convention). IWRAW now is the primary international nongovernmental organization that facilitates use of international human rights treaties to promote women’s human rights and right within families.

Language Center

The College of Liberal Arts Language Center supports the teaching and learning of languages with technology. Facilities include four computer classrooms, a multimedia lab for students as well as checkout equipment and a library of DVDs and videotapes.

Language Courses in African Studies
Arabic, Portugese, Somali and Swahili.

Learning Abroad Center
Study abroad programs in Africa. The Learning Abroad Center is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service learning, intern, volunteer, work, and travel experiences worldwide.


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Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)

MINCAVA is a leader in innovative violence-related education, research, and Internet publishing. Professional and student staff and MINCAVA conduct original research, develop extensive collections of translational research materials, provide higher education on family violence prevention, and disseminate information globally. MINCAVA staff work on projects often funded by federal, state, and foundation sources in collaboration with national and global advisory, as well as local community-based and national advocacy organizations.

Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Established to strengthen the connections between the health professions programs at the University of Minnesota and underrepresented urban communities in the Twin Cities. Mission: to grow the health workforce in the Twin Cities through preparing under-represented communities for health professions by connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

National Society of Black Engineers

Mission: to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively.

School of Public Health

The School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota is a nationally ranked Top 10 institution. Our school offers a superior array of advanced degrees and is home to numerous world-renowned research and training centers. Our faculty members are among the leading experts in public health today. They are regularly sought after by national and international media to provide perspectives on some of the world’s most troubling public health problems, such as infectious disease, smoking and obesity. Working together, our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to preventing disease, encouraging better health and promoting the common good.

Tandem Plus
The Tandem Plus program provides opportunities to practice language skills and explore culture. Partners meet informally, but on a regular basis, and spend half of the time speaking English and the other half speaking the student’s native language. Once matched, partners determine when, where and how often to meet. Program matches are made shortly after the start of each semester.

University Women of Color (UWOC)

Women of color at the University of Minnesota play a vital role in the advancement of the mission of the institution as a whole. University Women of Color sponsors events and gatherings that create a space for all women of color within the University, to feel supported, affirmed, and connected.