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Message to Africana Family

Students, Africana Studies Faculty colleagues, Affiliated Faculty, Alumni, Parents, Staff, and friends. 

The COVID – 19 virus has reshaped all our worlds in lightning fast speed.  We are working from home, preparing to teach our students online, meeting on zoom, learning how to approach our teaching synchronously (meeting regularly as a class) and asynchronously (meeting at different times and dates), and trying to stay a safe distance from each other.  Students have had to move off campus, request their books and computers be sent home, and now that classes will NOT resume before the end of the semester, figure out how to accept that they will be Notre Dame graduates, some of you, without even having the chance to interact with friends and classmates in all the ordinary ways they used to take for granted.  Our staff, Miss Gayle that’s you!, are in and out, but largely working from home, trying to figure out how to do all sorts of things without routine access to equipment and materials, and how for the moment at least, do it by cell phone. It would be exciting, except that it’s very scary, unpredictable and we have no idea when it will end.

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Pulte Institute for Global Development to host 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Pulte Institute for Global Development, part of the Keough School for Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, is proud to announce its selection as an Institute Partner for the 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, the Pulte Institute will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging Business leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

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Join Us February 17 for a Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series Event with Dr. Milo Dodson

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Join us to hear Dr. Milo Dodson, PhD, Senior Staff Psychologist at the UC Irvine Counseling Center, discuss the warning signs from students who may be experiencing mental health challenges, how we might consider approaching conversations with them, and how classroom discussions can be inclusive and not re-activating/re-triggering for students’ mental health/social justice concerns.

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Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series with Navajo Code Talker November 14

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Join Navajo Code Talker and Former Leader of the Navajo Nation, Peter MacDonald, Sr., for a talk about his experience serving in the South Pacific as a Navajo Code Talker and in North China with the Sixth Marine Division.

The Navajo Code is a unique World War II legacy. It was used in all Pacific battles to transmit top secret and confidential messages. The Navajo Code, commissioned by the United States Marine Corps, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and helped to shorten the war in the Pacific. It is the only military code in modern history to never be broken by the enemy.…

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How a Notre Dame faculty member and alumnus are connecting black students to financial services firms — and helping them land jobs and internships 

After Kaleem Minor graduates with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Arts and Letters this spring, he’ll head to California for a job he’d never dreamed of.  In fact, less than a year ago, the soon-to-be analyst for a $35 billion alternative investment firm knew next to nothing about the world of finance. A trip over spring break last year changed his perspective — and his career path. Minor was one of 16 black Notre Dame students who participated in an “alternative investment trek” to the West Coast to learn more about careers in the financial services industry. 

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Africana Studies Professors Maria McKenna, Richard Pierce tapped to lead AnBryce Scholars Initiative

Maria McKenna and Richard Pierce have been appointed co-directors of the AnBryce Scholars Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, a scholar leaders program supporting first-generation college students who demonstrate great promise in the face of challenging life circumstances.

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How two very different majors — Africana studies and biology — help Shelene Baiyee understand the world

Shelene Baiyee’s time at Notre Dame has been characterized by connection – whether it’s with faculty, other students, or seemingly unrelated subject matters. The rising senior may be busy with clubs, service, research, and more, but never loses sight of what drives her forward — the connection between it all. “It’s really important, especially as a black female in America, to understand the history of race in America, and to acknowledge a lot of history that has been left out of history books,” she said. “Having two extremely different majors allows you to see the interconnectedness of certain topics and life in general, because what you can understand through science can be aided by history.”

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Norman Francis, legendary civil rights and higher education leader, to receive 2019 Laetare Medal

Norman C. Francis, longtime beloved president of Xavier University of Louisiana, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2019 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 174th University Commencement Ceremony on May 19.
 

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Africana Studies Professor Discusses "Black Panther"

The upcoming release of the new Black Panther film has many people excited.  Recently, WSBT news checked in with Africana Studies Professor, Dr. Jacquetta Page to unpack the cultural and social significance of the film.  Black Panther is the first major motion picture to feature a black director and an almost exclusively black cast.  Moreover, as a recent Time Magaizine piece noted, "Black Panther

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