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Support the AAS Department


Alumni, parents and friends can contribute to the general support of the Department of the African American Studies by directing gifts to the department’s flexible gift fund:  African American Studies Gift Account.   Fund from this highly flexible account are used in support of a wide range of teaching and research objectives as well as the following specific needs of the Department:


Student Award Fund:

    • Njeri Mugo Global Children and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Award: Established by former Department Chair, Micere Githae Mugo, the fund provides $250 annual prize to an AAS graduate student/fellow and an AAS major/minor for the best essay on ovarian cancer, or a topic that expounds the notion: "in every child there is a kernel of genius that is crushed by impoverishment."


Research Funds:

    • African American Studies Speaker Series Fund: Created in 2006, this fund supports the Department's annual lecture series of visiting speakers and research in the field of African American Studies.
    • John L. Johnson Fund: Established in 2014 in honor of the first Director of the African American Studies, the John L. Johnson stands side-by-side with the African American Studies Speaker Series Fund that supports an annual lecture series.
    • The Pan African Graduate Studies Fund: This fund supports graduate student research, particularly travel to conferences and to summer externships to meet research and educational needs.


Interrelated Units Funds:

    • The Community Folk Art Center, Inc. (CFAC) Fund: Founded in 1971, the funding of CFAC is used to support its public programming, which includes African Diaspora exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops and courses in the studio, performing and expressive arts.
    • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Fund: Established in 1970 by African American Studies sutdents and faculty, this fund is used to support the Department's library.
    • The Africa Initiative Fund: Created in 2005 by scholars from various disciplines, this fund supports programs which focus on Africa as an important site of knowledge and highlight teaching, research and publication in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
    • The African American Studies Abroad Fund: This fund is used to assist students with respect to participating in SU Abroad Programs led by Department faculty, in particular Summer Abroad in Paris (Paris Noir), Brazil (El Bahia), and Madrid (Spain), and during Spring Break in Jamaica.