Who We Are


The mission of the Institute on Black Life is to serve as a resource center on the history and culture of the Black experience in Africa and the African Diaspora. The IBL has established goals that align with the historic mission of the institute as well as with the University of South Florida's Strategic Plan.


The major goals are :

  • To facilitate and support knowledge production--through research and scholarly exchange--on a broad range of topics relevant to the lives of African Americans, contemporary Africans and people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To facilitate local and global community engagement through interdisciplinary research and service projects;
  • To support USF student retention, academic success and creativity through cultural heritage enrichment and outreach programs.