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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/University of Maryland African American Studies Department Undergraduate Student Forum “Student Perspectives: Conversations in African/Black Identity” Virtual Event
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Featured Undergraduate Student Panelists:  
Alyssa Hawkins (St. Mary's College of Maryland)
Fehintola Elizabeth Bright-Awonuga (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Bishop Lawton (Howard University)

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Maryland’s African American Studies Department, the 2020-21 research initiative, "Race/Ethnicity and Gender Identity in a Shifting Cultural and Racial Climate: African/Black Diaspora Academic and Public Discourse" presents a virtual event, “Student Perspectives: Conversations in African/Black Identity.”  The undergraduate panelists are a select multi-disciplinary cohort of students from DMV colleges and universities with personal and academic interests in the research seminar’s central question:  

How are nationality and the specifics of distinctly diverse ethnicities and gender formations reshaping the framing of identity among first- and second-generation African immigrants and in their relationships with native-born U.S. African American populations in the 21st century?  

Each student will offer a ten-minute presentation on the seminar themes informed by coursework, research, and campus involvement.  In the second portion of the event, students will respond to audience Q&A, moderated by Erica Puentes, Mellon Research Assistant (UMD BA-African American Studies [2018] and American Studies [2020] and former Student Leader). Dr. Mary Osirim, Mellon Diaspora Seminar Participant and Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College, will offer discussion reflections and closing remarks.  

This event is open to the public.  Register below to receive the Zoom link.
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