African American Student Affairs (AASA) researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, retention and graduation of students, with an emphasis on African American students. Many of the programs and services expand students’ cultural horizon while honoring their respective cultural experiences. African American Student Affairs resides in the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs. Multicultural Student Affairs works in conjunction with a number of university departments and colleges to conduct programs related to recruitment, orientation, retention and graduation in addition to academic, personal, professional and cultural development, which foster skills and strategies for being successful at N.C. State. Some of the programs and services of African American Student Affairs include the following: African American Symposium, Peer Mentor Program, A.S.A.P.- Academic Success Assistance Program, Kwanzaa Celebration, Freshman Honors Convocation, Student Leadership Development and Student Organization Advising.
Cultural Awareness and Reaffirmation
Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to introduce and reinforce seven basic principles of African culture: Unity, Self- Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The holiday is officially celebrated December 26 to January 1. Due to NC State’s academic calendar, it is typically celebrated early while students are still on campus.
Black History Month
Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United States during the month of February to remember important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
Student Organization Advising
African American Student Advisory Council (AASAC)
AASAC is a student extension of the Office of African-American Student Affairs (AASA). Its purpose shall be to function as a forum for the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of information to all African American student organizations. The specific focus of this forum shall be the implementation of the following goals in which AASAC shall encourage individual African American organizations:
- To advocate for the education of African American students about their African cultural heritage in order to promote and uplift an African centered consciousness.
- To develop the leadership potential and the academic and professional development of all African American students through the reflection of the seven *Nguzo Saba principles.
- To identify and address the needs and concerns of African American students through unity action and effective communications.
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