End of the year letter from CAS Director Leonardo Arriola

Friday, December 15, 2017
CAS Director Leonardo Arriola's end of 2017 letter

Dear Friends,

As the end of the year approaches, the Center for African Studies is taking stock of the work done throughout 2017 in keeping with our mission of bringing Africa to the UC Berkeley campus as well as keeping Berkeley engaged in Africa. We are happy to share some highlights from some of these accomplishments:

  • Supporting the next generation of African leaders by providing support services to 95 students from 20 African countries enrolled at Berkeley as MasterCard Foundation Scholars.
  • Improving course offerings for the more than 600 undergraduates who take Africa-focused classes every year by initiating a curriculum review in support of the Africa minor offered through a new Global Studies major.
  • Promoting cutting-edge research by providing year-long dissertation fellowships to 18 PhD students and pre-dissertation fellowships to 4 other graduate students.
  • Providing public access to new research produced by Berkeley researchers and visiting scholars through 22 lectures organized as part of our Africa Colloquium, a weekly interdisciplinary speaker series open to all.
  • Convening two research workshops that brought an international group of scholars to Berkeley to examine African women in political power as well as African athletes and migration to the European Union.

We are committed to expanding Berkeley’s relationships with Africa as we move into 2018. Despite ongoing campus budget cuts to centers like ours as well as unpredictable government support for international student programs, we will continue working creatively and tirelessly to offer new opportunities for the Berkeley community to learn about, and produce knowledge about, Africa.

Please consider making an end-of-year gift to the Center for African Studies. Your tax-deductible donations will enable us to expand the depth and breadth of our programming for student services and research support.

On behalf of my colleagues at the Center, I thank you for your generous support. I also welcome your suggestions for how we can do more to further Berkeley’s engagement with Africa. Please feel free to contact me directly at larriola@berkeley.edu with your ideas.


Leonardo R. Arriola
Director, Center for African Studies