Welcome to Kent State University’s Department of Africana Studies (DAFS). The Department of Africana Studies (DAFS) is located in Oscar Ritchie Hall (ORH), an academic building named in honor of one of the first African Americans to hold a tenured position in the state of Ohio’s system of Higher Education.

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Listen to Aiden Taylor explain how his involvement with the Africana Studies degree program provided him with an outstanding opportunity to work with the digital humanities project.


Watch as Dr. Kumah-Abiwu talks about classroom engagement and how Africana Studies changes the lives of our students.