The Center for Africana Studies opened its doors in 2003. Since then, the Center has been a haven for students from Africa and the African Diaspora. Our mission is to develop and encourage the study and teaching about Africa and the people of African descent through the Diaspora.
The goals of the Center are to promote and advance a better understanding of the African and African American experience among Africans in the Diaspora. Further, the Center strives to promote research, consultation and community service among the CCSU faculty, students and scholars in the community about Africa and the people of African descent.
The Center recognizes and actively incorporates an archeological component that is directly linked to Africans, African Americans and Africans in the Diaspora. In the past decade, the University has attracted several African, African American scholars and others from the Diaspora. This culminated in the establishment the African Studies and African American Studies programs. Since the inception of these programs, the members have collaborated and produced highly educational and informative programs.
Throughout the academic year, the Center sponsors and promotes a number of African Diaspora related activities, including panel discussions, lecture series, banquets, conferences, and film series. It is a place where current and future CCSU students are free to establish and build upon a solid academic foundation throughout their college years beginning with the USP Program (formerly known as ConnCAS) over the summer and culminating in and awards ceremony celebrating the end of a journey.
Ultimately, the Center is used to promote knowledge about Africa and the African Diaspora, but any member of the student body, faculty or staff at CCSU who seek to utilize the quiet space for research or study are welcomed.