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Representatives of ten of North Carolina’s Africana Studies programs met on Friday, April 8, at the UNC Sonja Hayes Stone Center to discuss ways to collaborate on joint initiatives ranging from a statewide student conference and study-abroad programs to digital projects and a public conversations series. The attendees were in agreement that North Carolina has enough budding and well-established Africana Studies programs to be a strong regional and national player in influencing the direction of the study of people of African descent for years to come. This meeting was a show of that strength and potential. The group will soon choose a name and began planning for its next meeting at North Carolina Central University next year. Administrators such as UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz were in attendance, along with Africana Studies representatives from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Wake Forest University, and Winston-Salem State University.

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