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In the 21st century and nearly 50 years after its inception, the Africana Studies & Research Center remains committed to continuing academic innovation in the field of Africana studies and to remaining at its forefront theoretically and pedagogically, while sustaining its ongoing commitments to activism and community engagement. 

Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Carr '18

What do you value about your liberal arts education?

I value the flexibility in a liberal arts education. Cornell provided me the space to come here thinking I was going to do one thing, but leaving on a completely different path. The liberal arts education allowed me to explore a plethora of educational options that were more suited toward my interests. I appreciated that I didn't feel stuck on one path because of the variation that my liberal arts education offered me.

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Alumni Spotlight: Brianna Barrett '18

Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most? How or why?

The Africana studies department has been the key influence of my Cornell education. When I came to Cornell, I intended on being a government and economics major but found myself taking multiple Africana classes by the end of my freshman year. I was fascinated by the material that we studied but also Africana's commitment to fostering and nurturing a community of scholars. In addition to being an Africana studies major, I have worked in the Africana studies administrative office for the past two years and have loved every minute of it.

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