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The mission of the Department of African American Studies

is to cultivate a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge and culture that African-descended peoples in the Americas have produced, as well as of the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic conditions under which they have done this work. The Department envisions a vibrant community of inquirers and interlocutors organized around the study of African American life at Penn State, and is keen to play its part in creating and maintaining that community.

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Featured Student of the Month:

Ebony Martin

My name is Ebony Martin. I am currently a senior, majoring in Print Journalism, with a minor in African and African-American Studies. I am originally from New York City, but from the first moment I stepped onto Penn State's campus, I knew it was the perfect place for me. I believe that being a student leader in the campus community has enriched my academic experiences, and I enjoy being able to serve as an example to Penn State students. My passion has always been to give back to the community, and I feel that the best place to do this is at the forefront of a community like Penn State. I have helped to foster educational programming, diversity awareness, and positive experiences for Penn State students. I aspire to become a professional writer, and a professor someday, with the hopes of creating reliable, relevant, and trustworthy information that is pertinent to the state of our community and our nation. My hope is that one day, I will become a New York City congresswoman, or own my own news organization. I am grateful to have been chosen as a Dow Jones News Fund intern, and for me, it will be the first step towards accomplishing my dreams by continuing to make Penn State proud!

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