“My professors carefully designed courses to demonstrate to us the diversity in black life across the globe—from Africa and Latin America to Europe. They taught me that the black experience was by no means homogeneous and that each experience should be studied carefully. This realization made me value my own unique story as a young African immigrant from Cape Verde.

Terza Lima-Neves ’00, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of political science, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.

“By challenging conventional history and ‘wisdom,’ black studies taught me to look at things from other viewpoints and perspectives. Not only has that helped me to be a better and more compassionate human being, but it has raised my awareness in social situations. It has helped me respect diversity, become a better listener, challenge the norms, and tackle projects from different angles.”

Jaclyn Kramer ’09, Stewardship Coordinator, West Point Association of Graduates, U.S. Military Academy.

“Being a black studies minor, you not only learn about the black experience, but you learn about other races that have been disenfranchised. As a political science major interested in urban politics, I was able to learn more about the relationship between politics and African-Americans.”

Kershny Gedeon ’10, graduate student in public administration, Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.