The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS) supports the internationalization, global learning and diversity mission of Kennesaw State University through scholarly endeavor and community outreach.
CAADS presents programs, encourages collaborative research, offers services and engages in academic and community activities that foster an understanding of the global experiences of people of African descent in Asia, Europe, the Oceania and the Americas.
- To enhance the image and visibility of Kennesaw State University in African and African-America communities.
- To promote the Kennesaw State University program for internationalization and global learning by organizing workshops, symposia and conferences to achieve the infusion of African and African Diaspora information and materials on the campus and into the curriculum.
- To support the Kennesaw State University major in African and African Diaspora studies by collaborating with requisite offices to provide services to meet the needs of the growing international student and faculty body with emphasis on those of African descent.
- To encourage cross-cultural understanding by coordinating campus activities that inform and educate the public about Africa and the areas of the Diaspora through campus and community activities; and to position CAADS as a leading resource on issues affecting the African Diaspora, including the African American and African population.
- To forge relations with local Consulates, which represent the African Diaspora, and to establish connections with organizations providing services to Diaspora groups including: African, African Caribbean, African Asian immigrant communities and African American entities in the Atlanta area.
- To address critical issues of our increasingly global and multi-ethnic society by supporting relevant public policy and advocacy.
The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies is a component unit of the Institute for Global Initiatives