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The African Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Michigan provides strategic guidance and coordination for Africa-related education, research and training activities on campus, and promotes opportunities for collaboration with African partners on the continent. The Center serves as a conduit for U-M’s many Africa initiatives in the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, and medicine.

The center is organized around five primary research initiatives and programs that have been funded separately by the Office of the President and different stakeholders on campus.

African Heritage and Humanities Initiative (AHHI)

supports research related to the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences, which highlights the dynamic, contested process by which African cultures and histories are made

African Social Research Initiative (ASRI)

promotes social science research on democratic governance and distributive politics; income dynamics and poverty; and gender, health, and development

Ethiopia-Michigan Collaborative Consortium (EMC2)

illustrates the deep and multifaceted relationship between the U-M and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. U-M faculty and students from many disciplines engage with diverse stakeholders across the country to extend their impact beyond academia through community-based research, patient care, educational capacity building in many fields, service learning, scholarship, and research.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative (STEM-Africa)

nurtures the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Africa, which extends scientific knowledge and yields solutions to global problems

U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program

supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks, and promotes U-M’s international commitment to research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to literature to economics