Academic Advising

AADS takes seriously its responsibility to provide students with access to courses, research opportunities, and advisers. As partners in your academic success, the faculty and staff encourage you to take time to fully explore the information and links we have provided for you. Our faculty are committed to providing guidance and information to help undergraduate students enjoy a successful college experience. Advising is provided at the main MMC campus and virtually via zoom to meet the needs of our students. Faculty advisors are available to assist students seeking to meet all the academic requirements for the undergraduate certificate, rules and regulations set forth by the AADS department and Florida International University. They also provide counsel to students not pursuing a certificate but seeking courses related to Africa and/or the African diaspora that fulfill the requirements other undergraduate programs.

Graduate students should see the Graduate Program Director for counsel regarding graduate admission requirements, academic requirements for the graduate certificate, the M.A. program and the Combined M.A.Ph.D. Programs, as well as graduation requirements. Once graduate students have selected among the options for their exit requirement, they will be paired with a faculty mentor & they should, of course, work most closely with that individual.

Forms & Deadlines

AADS Appointment of Internship or Community Project Proposal

AADS Appointment of Revised Internship or Community Project Committee

AADS Final Approval of Research Paper

AADS Internship or Community Project Proposal Form


Appointments With The Director of The Graduate Program

To schedule an appointment with the Director of the Graduate Program, please contact Dr. Sharon Placide by email (see email address below).

Director of the Graduate Program

Sharon Placide, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor & Graduate Program Director

African & African Diaspora Studies

Steven J Green School of International & Public Affairs

Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus, LC 318

11200 S.W. 8th Street

Miami, FL 33199

Tel: 305 305.348.2616



Appointments With The AADS Director

To schedule an appointment with the Program Director, please contact the AADS main office at:

AADS Program Director

Valerie L. Patterson, Ph.D.
Director, African & Afrifan Diaspora Studies
Clinical Professor, Public Policy & Administration
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs
Florida International University
Modesto Maidique Campus, LC 308 (PCA 367-A)
11200 Sw 8th St
Miami, Fl 33199
(305) 348-0425