The Akwaaba Program is a program for international and first generation citizens who are Houston-based college students (juniors and seniors) and graduate students. Rooted in the practice of akwaaba, the Twi (Ghana) word for “welcome,” this program is designed to provide a warm welcome and support to Black immigrants and those who are first generation citizens; to ease the transition of immigration; to orient them to the experiences, history, and culture of African Americans; and to promote sharing and deepen the connection between the two groups. The program includes weekly sessions, activities, and field trips.
Students of all majors and fields are eligible, however, the program is only open to students who both:
Identify as one of the following: Black, African, Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian
Are citizens of or are children of parents who are citizens of countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America
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Dates, Days, and Times:
Spring Session: February-April
Fall Session: September-Novembe
Weekly Thursday Sessions, 4-6 p.m.
The program is hybrid and will be a mix of virtual sessions and in-person field trips.