The Center for Africana Studies has
the distinctive role of an archaeological component directly linked
to African Americans, Africans 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 setting up of the African Studies and African American Studies
programs. Since the inception of these programs, the members have
pulled together and produced credible programs.
A newsletter, Africa Update under the
editorial leadership of Dr. Gloria Emeagwali was first published in
1993. This newsletter is self-financing with impressive subscriptions
from institutions across the world, including the Hoover Institution,
Emory University, Boston University and others from the United Kingdom,
Canada and Australia. It has received several awards including recognition
as the United Nations site on African Affairs.
We have organized summer programs for
students to Ghana, West Africa. We have formalized an exchange agreement
with the University of Ghana, the University of Lagos, and the University
of Abuja in Nigeria. Now, we are in the process of finalizing other
agreements with other universities in the Continent of Africa. We
are one of the most active interdisciplinary programs in the Connecticut
State University System and the metropolitan region. We consistently
enhance the academic offerings at Central as well as in the region.