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Since opening our doors as a Center in 1970, faculty in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies have engaged in socially relevant, community-oriented teaching and research. Focusing on issues of pressing concern to black communities—including public health, education, the environment, and urban inequalities—DAAS faculty members have led ongoing community partnership projects in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Detroit. Through our Community Engaged Learning Initiative, we're continuing to offer undergraduates opportunities for collaboration and co-creation of knowledge with community partners. By working closely with members of various communities, students deepen their understanding of issues that affect those communities, and they develop theoretical, practical, and interpersonal skills that prepare them for creative problem-solving, community-responsive research and teaching, and influential professional and community leadership positions.

Community Engaged Learning