The African Diaspora Initiative (ADI), founded, in 2020, as a Multicultural Student Services (MSS) program, seeks to serve as an African centered home away from home and oasis for students of diverse African and Black identities.

We strive to enact UVU's core value of exceptional care through culturally responsive holistic student development and well-being approaches in efforts to achieve exceptional results in the area of Inclusive Excellence. We view cultural representation as an essential aspect to wellness which has implications for each of the six areas outlined by the wellness wheel (intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, social, and nutritional).

Our work is also rooted in African principles and philosophies such as ubuntu (South African/Nguni Bantu term for interdepence and recognition of humanity) and the nguzo saba (the seven principles of Kwanzaa developed by Dr. Maulana Karenga). We also recognize our historical and social collabations with other BIPOC communities.

Our programming involves cultural celebrations, networking, DEI (diversity equity and inclusion), and leadership development.

Staff 

Jerome Currelley is the Program Director for the African Diaspora Initiative. He specializes in student leadership, community, and organizational development. Jerome studied sociology, African and African diaspora studies as an undergraduate and education as a graduate student. Jerome.Curelley@uvu.edu

Emmanuel Omaria is a Student and Community Outreach Coordinator for the African Diaspora Initiative. Emmanuel is a junior from Uganda. He is a political science major interested in philosophy, political science, and leadership. Emmanuel.Omaria@uvu.edu

David Ssejinja is a Multicultural Student Services Coordinator and Co-Chair of the UVU Refugee Task Force. David is from Uganda, East Africa and is passionate about educational opportunity and democratic goverance. davids@uvu.edu

Students Say,

“I was able to find mentors and friends.”

“On my first visit to UVU, I was lost in the new world I found myself in. Being an international student from Nigeria, with no friends, and not knowing my way around, I was literally floating until I met few members of the International Student Council and African Diaspora Initiative. They really helped me settled in well.”

“Thanks, a lot from my heart. God bless you all.”

"It always seems impossible until it's done." ~ Nelson Mandela