Who We Are


The mission of the Institute on Black Life and Center for Africa and the Diaspora is to serve as a resource center on the history and culture of the Black experience in Africa and the African Diaspora. The IBL-CAD 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.