Virtual Event: Sisters Like Me | Black Girl Magic

Sisters like me is an event for Black womxn-identified students to facilitate community and bonding. Join us for an afternoon of Black Girl Magic! Black womxn leaders on and off campus will be facilitating discussions and sharing their experiences with self-care as a radical and important act, especially during this current climate. Presented by UWM Women’s Resource Center and UWM Black Student Cultural Center. … Continue Reading »


Jeffrey Sommers assembled and led a group of academics to create a policy brief on the crisis of public higher education, especially for students of color, for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to use in lobbying Congress and state governments for increased resources. This was accompanied by an AFT webinar on the subject… Continue Reading »

Zoom Webinar: The Powerful Youth-led Protest Movement

Join us Friday, June 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 a town hall to discuss a new generation of young leadership embodied in the current mass demonstrations. Our panelists are local activists, officials, and academics who will discuss what is special about this moment, their bold strategies confronting violent and racist structures, and what they think is needed going forward to truly effect the transformation of our institutions… Continue Reading »

AADS Statement of Solidarity

The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee stands in solidarity with Eric Lucas III, the African American child who was spat on by Stephanie Rapkin, a white Shorewood resident. We condemn her actions against peaceful protestors marching against police brutality against Black people.… Continue Reading »

“Op-Ed: Addressing Milwaukee’s structures of racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death”

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, AADS Associate Professor, along with AADS Ph.D. Candidate, Crystal Ellis, discuss how today’s protests about George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police officers are not only about his death but is the culmination of Black people’s frustrations at persistent inequalities that strangle our life chances in their recent article, “Addressing Milwaukee’s structures of racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death.” published in The Cap Times.… Continue Reading »

Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week

Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week, “a weeklong personal and professional development initiative for academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action.” Beginning Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 through Thursday, June 25, Academics for Black Lives will hold a series of trainings, which will include readings, lectures, personal reflections and group dialogue with academics around the world.… Continue Reading »

Campus Dialogue on Racial Justice: Faculty Insights

AADS Associate Professor and Chair Dr. Anika Wilson will participate in a panel discussion sponsored the Division of Global Engagement and Inclusion and the Divison of Student Affairs entitled “Campus Dialogue on Racial Justice: Faculty Insights”. The virtual panel discussion will take place on Friday, June 12 @11 a.m.… Continue Reading »

Op-Ed: “America’s Mis-Police State”

African and African Diaspora Studies Professor Jeffrey Sommers’s article, “America’s Mis-Police State” was published on Project Syndicate.

Sommers writes: “The mass protests sweeping the United States following the death of George Floyd are born of many factors, but chiefly reflect frustration and rage at America’s long history of racist law enforcement. Addressing that problem will require reducing the pressures on both urban communities and those tasked with policing them.” … Continue Reading »