A Degree That Prepared Him for the World

Friday, January 22, 2016

“I always knew there was a problem of oppression and white supremacy that plagued black communities, but it was through my undergraduate experience as an African American & African studies major that I was able to really think about and shape long term solutions.”

DeSean Smedley is one of the many great thinkers and activists who found their sense of self through the skills and experiences gained from majoring in African American & African studies (AA&AS). A native of Oakland, California, Smedley came to the University of Minnesota with a plethora of life experiences that shaped the way he understood the reality of black life in America. He decided to major in AA&AS because he was able to validate his experiences through the wealth of black intellectual thought introduced to him by his coursework and close relationships with professors.

Read the full story from CLA.


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