The Department of Africana Studies proudly announces the generous contributions of BSU co-founder, Jerry Wayne Varnado, Esq.
"The Africana Studies Effect"
Derrick Spiva Ph.D. M.F.A. recently published “The Urban Playbook”, a collection of one act plays for urban youth and young adults; “The African American Music Survey” and “Sing Dance and Shout Through Oppression, The Story of Gospel Music ” both e-textbooks published through Top Hat Textbook Publishing. Dr. Spiva is currently a principle with CEEDTV.com, an Internet television network.
Areas of Research - Black Psychology, African Diaspora, Africana Studies/ Afrocentric Methodology
Doñela Wright is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. Following the tradition of other disciplinary scholars, Dr. Wright considers herself a scholar-activist, using the discipline of Africana Studies as a framework to seek and promote social justice on behalf of the diasporic Africana community.
Mahelet Gezachew is a communications major and minor in Africana Studies. She is phenomenal, well traveled, active, and free-spirited young woman who is dedicated to her education and serving her community. She is involved all around campus working with BSU (Black Student Union). She is also the Chair of Jabulani, a historical organization celebrating Black Students for their scholarly achievements and is the Founder/Co-President of the first Habesha Student Union at S.F State.
In the Fall of 2015, Joseph transferred to S.F. State to obtain two Bachelors of Arts Degrees, in English Literature and Africana Studies. While attending S.F. State, Joseph earned the highly competitive position as a research assistant for Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer within the Africana Studies Department. In this role, he is researching anthropology, linguistics, hip-hop and comics. Also, Joseph has been elected the Student Circle Chair for the Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, a national professional organization dedicated to behavior science.
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