Opportunities for Students

ASSA (Africana Studies Student Association)

The purpose of this organization is to serve as a platform for the current Africana Studies majors and minors to network among one another, meet other Africana scholars as well as participate in opportunities to enhance our research and study within this field. This group keeps Africana majors and minors connected and ensures all Africana minors and majors are getting the resources and opportunities that can move us forward in terms of learning, research and intellectual development. 

"Lehigh in Ghana" by Miles Davis '16 
This student-produced film documents the most recent group of students to travel with the Lehigh in Ghana program under professors Kwame Essien and James Peterson. Students in the video highlight their experiences with the "Sites of Memory" program in southern Ghana, as well as their individual research projects that were funded by Ronald Ulrich, Dale Strohl, John Franchini, Trevor Bond and the Iacocca Internship program. 


Lehigh’s going to Eastern Shore, Baltimore & Annapolis, MD!
Application deadline extended to Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5 pm.  

Students will be expected to pay $500 for the trip experience. This fee includes travel, hotel (2 students per room), organized activities and most meals.  A deposit of $100 will be collected upon acceptance into the program.

To enhance student engagement with the legacy and history of the Civil Rights Movement, Lehigh is providing undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to visit Eastern Shore, Baltimore, and Annapolis, Maryland during Spring Break 2017.  Led by Professors James Peterson and Natanya Duncan, students will travel by a chartered bus first to Eastern Shore where they will participate in the grand opening of the "Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park."  The trip will then move on to Baltimore where students will visit the Dr. Lillie Carrol Jackson Civil Rights Museum, conduct a walking tour of the Historic Druid Park neighborhood, and participate in a guided tour of the famous Blacks in Wax Museum.  From Baltimore, we will also visit the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis and have a hands-on experience exploring "From Frederick to Thurgood: Black Baltimore in Transition" led by Archivist Haley, great-nephew of Alex Haley who authored Roots. The trip will culminate with a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Additionally, there will be "free time" for students to explore the areas on their own. 

TRAVEL DATES: Friday, March 10 through Tuesday, March 14

APPLICATION CRITERIA: Any full-time Lehigh undergraduate or graduate student may apply. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 @ 5PM  
Online Application Form:  https://lehigh.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01ZM9HJNrM1xoZn

ACCEPTANCE: Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee and students will be notified approximately by Friday, February 24.

PAYMENT: 
Selected students are required to make a $500 payment in full to Lehigh University by March 2.  A $100 deposit is due by February 28, (non-refundable after March 2). If Lehigh University cancels the trip for any reason, students will receive a full refund.  Payments will be accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, 31 Williams Hall, Suite 101.  All forms of payment are acceptable (checks should be made out to Lehigh University). Trip is partially subsidized by the Africana Studies Program. No additional funding is available.

PROPOSED ITINERARY: 
Friday -  Travel to Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Grand Opening
Saturday – Tour of “Ante-Bellum Eastern Shore Maryland”
Sunday - Church service at Bethel AME Church / Blacks in Wax
Monday – Lillie Carrol Jackson Civil Rights Museum/Robert M. Bell Center or Civil Rights Education-   Lunch with Judge Robert M. Bell Chief Jurist Court of Appeals Maryland - Retired
Tuesday – Maryland State Archives/ National Museum of African American History and Culture

Trip logistics coordinated by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs
31 Williams Hall, 101, 610-758-3996, incasip@lehigh.edu


Africana Studies Travel Grants

NEW Application Deadline: February 28, 2017
Apply online here...  (application covers all four grants)

Lehigh has funding available for College of Arts and Sciences students who are interested in traveling abroad. One of the objectives in providing these grants is to enhance the diversity of the pool of University students who are given the opportunity to engage in these experiences.  Preference will be given to students with financial need.  Financial need is determined by the Office of Financial Aid in the categories of low, medium and high need.  In most cases, preference will be given to Africana Studies majors and minors who are going on credit bearing, Lehigh faculty-led programs or individual research (non-credit bearing) supervised by Africana Studies faculty.  The deadline for the application is February 28.  This application covers the following grants:

The AAS program travel grant offers $500 for AAS majors and $250 for AAS minors for travel to Africa broadly defined. Available for credit and non-credit bearing programs.  Travel does not need to be affiliated with Lehigh University.

The Trevor Bond travel grant offers one student majoring or minoring in Africana Studies up to $5,000 to participate in a Lehigh faculty-led, credit-bearing study abroad program or individual research (non-credit bearing) supervised by Africana Studies faculty during the summer or winter session.  Applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework at Lehigh and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.  Applicants must also have completed at least three AAS courses with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those courses.  Applicants will need a letter of support from a Lehigh faculty member.

The John Franchini grant offers up to $5,000 to a student enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences for credit-bearing travel to Africa.  Preference will be given to applications for Lehigh faculty-led, credit-bearing study abroad programs during the summer or winter session.

The Ron Ulrich grant offers between $3,000 and $4,000 per student majoring or minoring in Africana Studies for travel to Ghana on credit bearing, Lehigh faculty-led programs or individual research (non-credit bearing) supervised by Africana Studies faculty. A total of four awards may be given in any academic year.  Travel must be during the summer or winter session. Upon completion of travel students will be required to give a short presentation to the Bethlehem community as part of the AAS Public Humanities Initiative.  The students' time in Africa must also include exposure to the business community so they can better understand the marketplace and wealth creation.


The African Experience in Cuba - hosted by Africana Studies Program (non-credit bearing)
January 11 – 17, 2017
Open to CAS Undergraduate and Graduate Students
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS CLOSED.

For Information Contact: Dr. Natanya Duncan nad415@lehigh.edu

The island of Cuba is in the midst of what may become the most radical political and social changes of the past one hundred years. It has a dramatic history filled with prominent world events and provocative political leaders. The profound changes on the island have met with varied responses. For the United States, the changes warranted the lifting of economic and travel embargoes. With the lift, opportunities for hands on experiences and one on one exchanges with the formerly isolated island presented itself for people of all walks of life. 

Cuba’s changes also present the opportunity to bring together long standing social justice activists and young people both on and off the island. Integral to these changes are conversations about race, gender and citizenship which have shaped the island’s identity since it was first colonized by Spain and briefly occupied by the British in 1762.  As this changes are rapidly taking place, Africana Studies seeks to expand its “Sites of Memory” Program to include the island of Cuba as it encapsulates the conversations about nation building, imperial legacies and the effects of socialism. 

Toward that end, in accordance with Lehigh’s Global Initiative, Africana Studies with its host The Center for Martin Luther King in Havana, Cuba will explore “The African Legacy in Cuba” on January 11 – 17, 2017.

The trip will aim to have students think objectively and critically about the history and political climate of Cuba; immerse in Cuba’s urban agriculture movement by visiting the largest organic farm in Havana; have Lehigh students engage with graduate students and professors at the University of Havana to discuss the current evolution of US/Cuba relations; Tour the Havana Historical Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a guided tour of the Museum of the Revolution, as well as the Museum de Regalia and the Museum of African Heritage.  Students will also participate in an open air gallery devoted to Cuban Art.


 
SPRING BREAK 2016 CIVIL RIGHTS TRIP 

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS CLOSED.

Lehigh’s going to Richmond, VA & Charleston, SC!  (printable flier)
 

In order to enhance student engagement with the legacy and history of the Civil Rights Movement, Lehigh is providing undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to visit Richmond, VA and Charleston, SC during spring break 2016. Led by Professor James Peterson,
50 students will travel by a charter bus first to Richmond where they will walk the “Trail of Enslaved Africans.” Moving onto Charleston, visits to the Emmanuel African Methodist church, Drayton Hall and a City/Island tour are also planned. Additionally there will be “free time” for students to explore the areas on their own.

Application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Students will be expected to pay $500 for the trip experience. This fee includes travel, hotel (2 students per room), organized
activities and most meals.  A deposit of $100 will be collected upon acceptance into the program.

TRAVEL DATES:
Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15

APPLICATION CRITERIA:
Any full-time Lehigh undergraduate or graduate student may apply.

ACCEPTANCE:
Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee and students will be notified approximately by February 8.

PAYMENT:
Selected students are required to make a $500 payment in full to Lehigh University by March 2. 
A $100 deposit is due by February 15, (non-refundable after March 2). If Lehigh University cancels the trip for any reason, students will receive a full refund.  Payments will be accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, 31 Williams Hall, Suite 101.  All forms of payment are acceptable (checks should be made out to Lehigh University). Trip is partially subsidized by the Africana Studies Program. No additional funding is available.

PROPOSED ITINERARY:
Friday - Travel Day to Richmond, VA
Saturday - Trail of Enslaved Africans and then travel onto Charleston, SC
Sunday - Church service at Emmanuel African Methodist Church and City/Island Tour, Charleston, SC
Monday - Tour of Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC and then travel to Wilson, NC
Tuesday - Travel Day

              

Trip logistics coordinated by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs
31 Williams Hall, 101|610-758-3996|incasip@lehigh.edu


AFRICANA STUDIES POSTER CONTEST WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS TO MONIKA MARTIN!

Lehigh University Africana Studies - Poster by Monika Martin, Africana stucies celebrating 20 years

Monika Martin '15 (College of Arts and Sciences - Biology)
"20 Years of Africana Studies"

For the poster I chose two major figures in the Africana studies community who have visited Lehigh since the program began, Rev. Jesse Jackson and activist Dr. Angela Davis. In the background, I drew a silhouette of the Lehigh Student Center, home of the office of Multicultural Affairs and a symbol of Lehigh, and the silhouette of Africa. Africa fits into the negative space created by the figures and by the Lehigh student center, showing how the Africana studies program has incorporated itself into Lehigh life in the past 20 years.

 

RUNNERS UP

Simone Cotton '17 (College of Arts and Sciences - Psychology) "Woman of Africa"

 

Simone Cotton '17 (College of Arts and Sciences - Psychology)
"Woman of Africa"

When starting this piece, I knew that I wanted to include a drawing of a woman. I wanted to dress in somewhat traditional cloth and jewelry, but add my own perspective to it. After having one side of her face drawn, I knew that only half of her would bring more attention than a full face. I decided tondraw the left half of Africa to represent how the woman can be from any of the countries, forming unity throughout.

 

Amanda Nowak '15 (College of Arts and Sciences - Psychology) "Values of Africa and the African Diaspora Throughout Time"

Amanda Nowak '15 (College of Arts and Sciences - Psychology)
"Values of Africa and the African Diaspora Throughout Time"

This artwork features a colorful background demonstrating the diversity and uniqueness to African culture.  The world in the picture not only represents Africa, but also the other continents, home to many of African descent.  Africa is the most centered continent portraying the strong ties to the community itself.  Surrounding the earth is eight core values that I believe to be foundational to the diverse people, which has allowed their history to thrive and progress in the enduring way that it has.  The poster emphasizes the studies that Lehigh has conducted for the past twenty years with representation of the core values I proposed.  The values are depicted by their African symbols as a further reminder of the journey Africans and the African diaspora have flourished in.