Current Placement: Event Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh
"My minor in African Studies has allowed me to live my life with pride. Yielding the understanding of such a dynamic legacy, I have been able to inform my family and community of the beauty, power, sophistication, and influence which Africa has possessed and continues to manifest. With so many transformational developments taking place throughout the world today, I have learned to set my eye on Africa as the epicenter for change, growth, resource, and investment. When Africa is strong, the world is strong. I encourage you to explore its many wonders and gifts."
Founder/CEO, Pyramid Pgh, LLC
Current Placement: Student at West Virginia Law School
"I'm currently in law school...so far in law school, I've gotten a fellowship with a nonprofit who helps abused/neglected children and an externship with a Title IX office that helps with discrimination and sexual misconduct. My minor in African Studies opened my eyes to the beauty that is possible in places that people tend to stereotype in a negative way, and I will forever be grateful for that."
Current Placement: Registered Nurse at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
"I really loved my minor in African Studies because I had the opportunity to do an independent study with Dr. Boodoo, which led me to a research project pertaining to my current workplace and area of interest in obstetrics. This is something that is going to help me fulfill my nurse residency research project since I now have some experience with a research project. I plan on furthering my education with an advanced practice degree in the future, whether that be as a nurse-midwife or a neonatal nurse practitioner. I would love to take my preliminary research done through my minor to graduate school and maybe even put that research into practice/place in an area in Africa. Although I do not see an African population now, I feel that my minor opened my eyes to a whole new area of interest, passion, and awareness that I am so glad I have now. It has also made me have a more worldly perspective, especially while working in a smaller community hospital."
Current Placement: Juris Doctor Candidate at Emory University School of Law
"The African Studies major benefitted me in many ways. First, because of the knowledge I gained from the major, and engaging in the African Studies Center's Maymester in Ghana, I went on to be published alongside Dr. Chapdelaine who is a professor at Duquesne (link to publication). Second, I went on to make lifelong friends while in Ghana that I continue to communicate with today. Lastly, my studies are a constant reminder to interrogate how the laws impact people of color globally, rather than keeping my analysis of the law constrained to the United States."
Current Placement: Managing Attorney at ChildLaw Services, Inc.
"When I entered Duquesne University as a freshman in 2013, I had only experienced small-town life by that point in my life, but I had a strong interest in broadening my experiences and knowledge. I wanted to learn subjects that I never had an opportunity to study, and I wanted to meet people with different outlooks and experiences than my own. Through my African Studies minor, I was able to accomplish just that. I became much more aware and sensitive to what was happening globally. I was able to use the education provided through my minor to grow in indescribable ways. My understanding of the world and other people grew. When I first entered the Center for African Studies to inquire into the program, I found people who were welcoming and more than willing to foster my desire to learn. They took a small-town girl and taught her what was going on on the other side of the world.
My African Studies minor has also improved my life in long-lasting, unexpected ways. As a lawyer, it is important to have interests and hobbies outside of work to prevent burnout, and reading a book on African countries, like Rwanda, Sierra Leone, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, transports my mind to an entirely different place. To this day, I still buy books on African history. This October, I bought an entire bookshelf worth of books because I was that excited to find new African history reading material. Even after all of these years, I still get excited and passionate about the subject, and that is a true gift that I can only thank the Center for African Studies for."