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Our Department is involved in the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - to assist students in the development of educational plans, the clarification of career and life goals, and the appreciation of the values of a liberal arts education. Our system is one of shared responsibility in which all members of our Department and the College (faculty, students, and staff) interact to achieve advising goals and desired student outcomes.

Our goal in advising is to help each student reach his or her maximum educational potential. This goal is achieved by providing the student with the best possible academic advice, including the timely selection of an area of concentration, course work related to a chosen concentration, and other opportunities within and outside our Department.

Our Department collaborates with the College Student Academic Services (CLAS SAS) and the Undergraduate Advising Center in matters of advising.

Here is a list of advisors in our Department:

Cecile Accilien (all areas and Haitian Creole) cecileaccilien@ku.edu
Shawn Alexander (all areas and graduate program) slalexan@ku.edu
Tony Bolden (all areas) tjbolden@ku.edu
Naima Boussofara (all areas and Arabic)
Lisa Brown (all areas of advising administration, including graduate)  lisabrown@ku.edu
Abel Chikanda (all areas) 
Jessica Gerschultz (all areas)
Jennifer Hamer (all areas)
Randal Jelks (all areas)
Clarence Lang (all areas)
Elizabeth MacGonagle (all areas)
Beverly Mack (all areas)
Peter Ojiambo (all areas and all languages)
Dorthy Pennington (all areas)
Peter Ukpokodu (all areas)

These are Advisors for the languages:

Amharic: Peter Ojiambo
Arabic: Naima Boussofara nboussofara@ku.edu
Haitian Creole: Cecile Accilien
Hausa: Beverly Mack bmack@ku.edu
Kiswahili: Peter Ojiambo ojiambo@ku.edu
Somali: Peter Ojiambo ojiambo@ku.edu
Wolof: Peter Ojiambo ojiambo@ku.edu

For general departmental questions and information, contact Lisa Brown lisabrown@ku.edu, or Clarence Lang, celang@ku.edu.

For advising related to the MA program in African & Afircan-American Studies, contact Shawn Alexander slalexan@ku.edu.

For advising related to the Graduate Certificate program in African Studies, contact Shawn Alexander slalexan@ku.edu.




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The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.

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