Africana Studies Program
Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a mission of teaching and conducting research in social sciences and humanities fields on the historical and contemporary experiences across the global African Diaspora.Majors & Minors
Learn about students who studied Africana Studies.
Abrielle De Veaux
- Abrielle found her community on campus with the Black Student Association, and currently serves as vice president.
- She took Introduction to African American Studies and Black Popular Culture with Professor N. Fadeke Castor, which were especially influential courses.
- For her first co-op, Abrielle worked as a research assistant at the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health, doing blood processing, data management and organization, and administering cognitive assessments.
- She conducted research for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive with Professor Nicole Aljoe, digitizing literary works from black, enslaved, Creole, indigenous, and/or colonized people.
- Abrielle interned at The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communications lab, where she managed the organization's social media pages and was granted creative freedom to write op-eds.
- For her most recent co-op, she worked as a Social, Healthcare, and Public Entities Capabilities & Insights Analyst for McKinsey & Company.
- Zainab took Possession, Divination, and Sacrifice in the African Diaspora with Professor N. Fadeke Castor. Being from the culture, she enjoyed learning about Yoruba religion.
- As a research assistant for the Sociology and Anthropology dept., Zainab worked in collaboration with the ADVANCE office to study how COVID-19 impacted the career path of female professors in STEM.
- She conducted research with the International Affairs Program, studying Middle Eastern women and changes in educational opportunities throughout history.
- For her first co-op, Zainab worked as a marketing assistant at the startup LearnLaunch Accelerator, a small venture capital fund that focuses on EdTech companies and provides accelerated programming.
- She is passionate about her role as the Vice President for Sisters in Solidarity, the black women's coalition on campus.
- Zainab is also the VP of Marketing for Women in Finance, where she is a part of a community of women who share their experiences and accomplishments in business school and the WIF alumni network.
- She graduated in May 2023. ..
- Jenia took "Black Feminist Studies" with Professor Régine Jean-Charles and learned the importance of uplifting community strengths in advocacy and activist work.
- As a sustainability intern with Community Preservation Corporation, she gained hands-on experience in equitable housing policies, non-profit work, and advocacy.
- Jenia worked with the History Department's 3D Black Boston team, helping rebuild a 3D model of Boston abolitionist David Walker's home. The project advanced her archival and historical research skills.
- She was a panelist at the 2023 bell hooks Symposium, where she spoke about the importance of healing justice, mutual aid and forming strong communities as an extension of political organizing.
- Jenia found community with the Northeastern Black Student Association, which helped define her college experience. She has served on the executive board since her Freshman year.
- She completed a co-op with the MBTA as a strategic research intern in in the Office of Performance Management and Innovation. She analyzed qualitative and quantitative data gathered in surveys.
- Jenia won a 2023 PEAK Summit Award. Her project explored how "queer" gender expressions and identities reinforced and/or subverted the Western gender binary...
Africana Studies at Northeastern
Africana Studies is a truly global and interdisciplinary degree. College graduates with Africana Studies degrees have become doctors, lawyers, entertainers, politicians, public health professionals, diplomats, professors, astronauts, journalists, engineers, artists, poets, executives, entrepreneurs, and more! Africana Studies also relates to numerous other fields allowing students to take advantage of the field’s interdisciplinary nature by taking courses in other fields, or by pursuing a double major, combined degree, or a minor in another subject
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