About Us

The University of Michigan African Studies Center, established in July 2008 within the International Institute, serves as a conduit through which the many Africa initiatives across the university, from the humanities, sciences and social sciences, to Medicine and Engineering to may be furthered to the mutual benefit of the university and its African partners. Its mission is to:

  • Deepen and expand the many scholarly and educational projects U-M has with African partners;
  • Support exchanges of scholars, artists, and students between U-M and African institutions;
  • Enhance the study of Africa, past and present, within the U-M curriculum;
  • Connect faculty working in/on Africa from all colleges and units on campus;
  • Collaborate with the other centers at the International Institute to launch projects that highlight connections between Africa and other parts of the globe;
  • Foster interdisciplinary research to find imaginative solutions to contemporary social, cultural, technological, and environmental problems;
  • Address with our African colleagues the challenges faced by universities on both continents;
  • Facilitate multilateral partnerships between U-M, African partners, members of the African Diaspora, and partners in other world regions;
  • Work with local communities and educators to foster understanding of Africa;
  • Serve as a public voice on Africa and Michigan’s involvement with it for the state and local community.

ASC administers the four initiatives funded by the Office of the President: