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Mission Statement

The Center for Black Diaspora, established in 1993, promotes and supports the study of the black diaspora in all its complexities as shaped by the historical, contemporary and global experiences of dislocation, migration, cultural and ethnic intersections. In its commitment to engagement with collaborative, interdisciplinary and comparative scholarship and the arts, the center provides a venue for scholars from diverse disciplines and fields to share their work and also critically examine issues as well as expressive and performative, cultural and creative works. While the programs and activities that the center organizes and sponsors focus primarily on Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean, it also addresses their encounters with each other as well as other regions of the world. The center is committed to connections between academic studies of the diaspora, broader communities and their lived experiences. We seek to establish reciprocal relationships with other academic units, centers and institutes, community organizations and their constituents through community outreach. To maximize accessibility, the center’s programs are open to faculty, students and staff, as well as members of the broader community. ​