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, finished her master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern Methodist University and works with young high performance athletes. 

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, after working at the Boston Consulting Group and forming her own company now works with Ruggable.

Leila Renee Green, one of our Doan Scholars, completed a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, worked at Black Balloon Publishing in NYC, and is now pursuing an MFA in Creative writing at Syracuse University.

Jacqueline Mack graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and is now an Associate Attorney in the WPD Business Law Department.

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 attended the University of Chicago Law School and is now an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Michael Savage is a member of the Golden State Warriors' Legal Counsel.

After spending a summer working as a Consular Intern at the United States Department of State and working for the civil rights law firm, Relman, Dane, and Colfax in Washington D.C. Francesca Simon is a J.D. Candidate at University of California, Berkeley - School of Law.

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