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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.


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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