A Message from Scott

Thumbnail image for Picture1.gifIdeas, action, and people these are the heart of the Department of African American & African Studies. We are a department full of energy and believe with our alumni and community support we can meet the challenges of an ever changing world, which is why the Department of African American & African Studies is one of the nation's most proactive ethnic studies department.

In the forty years since the department began offering students opportunities to explore American cultural diversity and the wide diversity of the African continent, we have designed a unique culture built on internal and external collaborations, experiential learning, global perspectives and intellectual depth. Whether you are an alumni or friend you know the department pushes learning beyond the classroom.

In this edition of The Village you'll discover Minnesota's first African American Museum and Cultural Center, learn about Professor Brewer's course on public policy, gain first hand experience of the famous Morrill Hall takeover, and end with important upcoming events happening in the Twin Cities. Throughout the coming year, I hope you will connect with your alma mater in whatever way works best for you. Whether you volunteer as a alumni speaker at one of our partner high schools, join our Community Advisory Council, or donate funds, I hope you will reengage with the Department of African American & African Studies.

We have big plans for 2010, please jump in and help us realize them. I look forward to hearing from you!