UNC Greensboro

Dr. Neelofer Qadir named prestigious Career Enhancement Fellow

Dr. Neelofer Qadir, a UNC Greensboro professor of English, International and Global Studies, and African American and African Diaspora Studies, has been named a Career Enhancement Fellow by the Institute for Citizens and Scholars. The Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by Citizens & Scholars, seeks … Continued

A history of African American Studies at UNCG

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  On September 29, 2021, UNC Greensboro’s African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program was presented with the Dean’s Award for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusiveness. This annual award by UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences recognizes initiatives, programs, or departments that exemplify a commitment to creating an … Continued

AADS professor wins prestigious Career Enhancement Fellowship

Hewan Girma

Dr. Hewan Girma, a professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) at UNC Greensboro, has received a prestigious Career Enhancement Fellowship from The Institute for Citizens and Scholars. The award includes a $15,000 stipend for a six-month research sabbatical; a research, travel, or publication stipend (up to $1,500); … Continued

Class of 2021: Meet our Tassel-Turner

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During the College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 7, Maria Esch led the class of 2021 on stage for the official “Turning of the Tassels.” Turning of the tassels is a long-awaited milestone that signifies the moment when graduates are no longer students, but alumni of … Continued

Dr. Omar Ali bestowed high honor by French government

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In March, historian Dr. Omar Ali was named Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques) by the French government. Ali serves as dean of Lloyd International Honors College and professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) at UNC Greensboro. Dating to … Continued

Lineup, theme announced for annual CACE Conference: ‘The Year of the Black Woman’

UNC Greensboro’s African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to its annual Conference on African-American & African Diasporic Cultures & Experience (CACE). This year’s theme is “The Year of the Black Woman.” Hear presenters across a variety of disciplines and community partnerships … Continued

UNCG launches effort to document local Black Lives Matter protests

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On May 25, an unarmed George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. The horrific video of Floyd’s death circulated on social media and spurred a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations across the country. While Floyd’s death represented a tipping point, it was just one … Continued

Allyship and sustaining systemic change: Another call to action

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Dr. Cerise L. Glenn, associate professor of Communication Studies and outgoing director of the African American and African Diaspora Studies program, writes about the concrete steps people can take to become allies in the fight for systemic change. Over the course of the past several weeks, UNC Greensboro Black faculty, … Continued

AADS to host community read of ‘Silver Sparrow’

Book cover of Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

The African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program at UNC Greensboro received a $15,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a community read of the novel “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones. The community read will include free panel discussions, speakers and family-oriented … Continued

Q&A with professors of African American and African Diaspora Studies

headshots of Dr. Armondo Collins, Dr. Noelle Morrissette, Dr. Tara T. Green

By now the names George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have been spoken, chanted, and reprinted countless times after their deaths ignited protests and debate across the globe. Many universities have also been quick to state their outrage over these deaths—and commitment to students, faculty, and staff of color—including … Continued