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The “Ashé Africa” Initiative was a two-year program of events, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that will allow Pomona College students and the wider community to learn about Africa through guest speakers, artists, musicians and visiting scholars. More>

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About “Ashé Africa”

The “Ashé Africa” Initiative was a two-year, multi-dimensional program of events during 2014-15 and 2015-16 that will allow Pomona College students and the wider community to learn about Africa through guest speakers, artists, musicians and visiting scholars.

Supported by a $250,000 Presidential Leadership grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the “Ashé Africa” Initiative comes at a time when the continent’s geopolitical significance is on the rise. 

The initiative includes a series of lectures from human rights activists, NGO professionals and African politicians who have worked to alleviate poverty and reduce conflict in African communities. Additionally, faculty in theatre, dance, music, and other humanities departments will integrate visits and contributions from African artists in their curriculum.

The initiative reflects the college’s goals of fostering creativity through the arts and building global connections through enhanced international programs.