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March 29, 2021

Dear old and new friends of the African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center at JMU,

It is official! Last Tuesday, March 23 we officially launched as a center! We want to thank all of the people who were involved in this event, including speakers President Jon Alger, Dean Dr. Robert Aguirre, Mayor Deanna Reed, Dr. Jennifer Coltman, Dr. David Owusu-Ansah, Lauren K. Alleyne, and all of the wonderful AAAD students and musical performers.


The JMU AAAD Center will be serving all the disciplines and colleges at JMU, and communities and partners regionally, nationally, and internationally! All of you have helped make this center possible. Thank you for participating in such a historical moment for JMU.

Giving Day: A Success!

We want to thank all of you who promoted and participated in the AAAD Center's first Giving Day this past Tuesday. We truly could not have done it without you! Thanks to all of your generous donations, we were able to raise $19,258!


If you were unable to participate in Giving Day or would like to further promote our Center, you can Support AAAD Studies Center year-round. Thank you again!!

AAAD Studies Minor Coordinator Search
The AAAD Internal Advisory Board invites nominations, including self-nominations, for a new AAAD Minor Coordinator to begin in Fall 2021 for a three-year term (2021-24). The Minor Coordinator will work closely with us, Center Directors Mollie Godfrey and Besi Muhonja, and will join the Internal Advisory Board.

The minor coordinator manages administrative duties related to the minor, serves as representative and public face of the minor, offers curriculum leadership, and advises students and faculty on minor-related matters and activities. At JMU, this position is considered a service and career development opportunity ideal for those with an interest in gaining experience in administration and is not compensated, though a small stipend for conference travel may be available. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved, support our students, and take an active part in the work of AAAD.

Please send nominations and self-nominations to the AAAD Internal Advisory Board by THIS Friday, April 2 at


Friday, April 16: FREE Decolonizing Psychology Training Columbia

Teachers College Columbia University is hosting an event on Decolonizing Psychology Training. This full-day virtual conference will critically examine and decolonize curriculum, supervision, and mentorship practices. This is NOT just for psychologists--all are welcome! Register and learn more about this free event here.


The goal of this full-day conference is to provide educators, supervisors, and students within the field of psychology and related fields with the needed resources to critically examine and decolonize their curricular, research, supervision, and mentorship practices.

Registrants may attend a part or the entirety of the event (9 am-3:15 pm).

Congrats (Again)!

If you missed last week's newsletter, we would once again like to honor our community members who were awarded for their commitment and contributions to the field.

  • Provost Diversity Curriculum Grant: Dr. Erica Cavanagh
  • Woman of Distinction: Dr. Besi Muhonja
  • Summer Student Research and Scholarship Grant: Dr. Daniel Beer
  • Compass Career Award: Dr. BJ Bryson
  • Compass Award - Student: Zenobia Lee-Nelson
  • Compass Award - Catalyst: Charles May (AAAD Ole School Partner)


If there are any other awards we missed, please email us:

Social Media

While Giving Day may be over, our social media presence is not! Please continue to follow, tag, and promote our social media platforms in order to garner support for our center.

Our social media accounts are comprised of the following:
Facebook: @JMUAAAD
Twitter: @aaadstudies
Instagram: @aaadstudiesjmu


Would you like to share any AAAD-related news with the AAAD mailing list? Email us at to have your information included in our newsletters.

In solidarity and ubuntu,

Besi & Mollie (Center Directors)

On behalf of
AAAD Studies Center faculty, students and partners

The AAAD Studies Center sends out regular newsletters each semester to keep those involved up to date with the center. Below, you can find the PDF files of our past newsletters.

March 22, 2021

March 15, 2021

March 8, 2021

February 2021

January 2021

November 2020

August 2020


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