Alumni Profiles

Casey Africano

Casey Africano with Director of Undergraduate Studies Maria McKenna

What can you do with an Africana Studies major? Anything! Because the Notre Dame Department of Africana Studies is so interdisciplinary, our students are prepared to succeed in any number of industries, including business, government, education, law, medicine, and more.

As you can see below, graduates of Africana Studies and the Doan Scholars Program go on to do amazing things. 

Two of our recent Africana Studies majors, Emmie Mediate '15 and Alex Coccia '14, were named Rhodes Scholars in back-to-back years. Emmie, who spent three summers conducting global health research in Uganda, used her Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation. Alex, who wrote his senior thesis on conflict reconciliation in Rwanda, chose a master's in comparative social policy. Learn more about these two outstanding alumni and their future plans here

Casey Africano, a four-time monogram winner with the Notre Dame Women’s Softball team, is finishing a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern Methodist University. 

Doan Scholar Arlia Delphonse is pursuing a career in second language acquisition, teaching, and translation in English, Japanese, and Korean.

Olivia Furman

Olivia Furman, a passionate arts educator, is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Education at Michigan State University after completing a Master in Education with the Alliance for Catholic Education while teaching in New Orleans, LA. Watch Olivia speak about her experiences as an Africana Studies major here.

Therese Germain, a Doan Scholar, recently joined the Boston Consulting Group as a management consulting associate in Chicago.

Leila Renee Green, one of our Doan Scholars, recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and now works with Black Balloon Publishing in NYC.

Jacqueline Mack was a leader in the Black Student Association during her undergraduate years and is pursuing a law degree in public interest law at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Demetrius Murphy is a consultant in Chicago with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He also serves on board of directors of the University of Notre Dame's Diversity Council.

Doan Scholar Kwame Nuako attends medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Medicine.

Lauren Pate is stationed in Washington, D.C. where she works for the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division as a paralegal. 

Blaise Ross Blaise Ross, law student at University of Chicago

Before heading to medical school, Alexandra Rice spent the year in healthcare-related service with Westmoreland Volunteer Corps in Bethesda, MD.

Blaise Ross attends the University of Chicago Law School and recently interned with MLB Advanced Media. 

Michael Savage recently graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. He is currently a fellow at the Public Interest Law Initiative

After spending a summer working as a Consular Intern at the United States Department of State, Francesca Simon now works for civil rights law firm, Relman, Dane, and Colfax in Washington D.C.

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