Students Talk About AAAS

Cyn “Cynnie” Ercole

Cyn “Cynnie” Ercole ’21

Major: Psychology
Minor: African American & Africana Studies; Creative Writing
Gender & Sexuality President

“One of the most valuable life lessons I’ve learned in AAAS is that knowledge is power—it’s something no one can take away. Highlights included Dr. Lott’s Race & the University, Mama Jeannine & Baba Ira’s West African Drum & Dance, Dr. Onaci’s Liberated Minds course, where I wrote a historiographic essay on Black Queer Freedom, and my research on women leaders in the Black Panther Party under Dr. Onaci’s mentorship.”


Sianneh Vesslee

Sianneh Vesslee ’21

Self-Initiated Major: African Diaspora Health Studies
Minor: African-American/Africana Studies

“AAAS was…influential in helping me create my own SIM in African Diaspora Health Studies. The AAAS program has encouraged me to imagine the communities and the world I want to live in with others and [realize] what I need to do to help make it possible.”






Maggie Frymoyer ’21

Double major: Anthropology/Sociology & Politics
Minor: African-American/Africana Studies

“The AAAS program complements any major on campus and is composed of so many different departments! I recommend that ALL students, especially those in STEM or white students…take a class in the AAAS program.”