Martens Roc

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Montgomery County, Pa.

Why Africana Studies
Having learned little about African American or African history,  I decided that the Department of Africana Studies would be able to educate me.

Africana studies taught me a lot about the sociology, politics, economics, and education of people in the African Diaspora. I was well equipped with critical thinking, writing, and research skills through the guidance and instruction of the many professors.

The Department of Africana Studies also made me aware of the specific needs of African American communities and how I can use my skills to help solve some of the communities’ problems.

Future Plans
I will receive a master’s in education from the University of Pittsburgh in the spring of 2009. Afterwards, I plan on starting a doctoral program focusing on the academic achievement gap between Black and White students.

Service Learning Experience
I helped to produce an Afrocentric curriculum for the Pittsburgh Public School System with Dr. Jerome Taylor, associate professor of Africana studies.