Welcome to the research guide for the Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. The CAAAS was founded in 2021 by faculty director and Professor, Reiland Rabaka. The CAAAS has three major program areas:
Community members are invited to support these program areas:
Students are invited to stay in touch after graduation via Join the Forever Buffs Black Alumni group.
This guide was created to serve as a starting point for exploring the many resources CU Libraries have related to African and African American Studies. We plan for the guide to continue to evolve based on feedback from students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the CAAAS and also as our collections continue to develop in response to new courses, research interests and the Center's offerings. Right now, CU librarians are focusing on building out our Africana studies collection, adding more transparency around how our collections are created, and considering opportunities for connection and collaboration with the CAAAS. Campus and community members are invited to suggest new purchases and to share your feedback on the guide and Libraries collections with liaison librarian Xiang Li.
We acknowledge the many ancestors who have preserved and passed on knowledge on the African continent and during the diaspora. Their vision, heart, creativity, and perseverance live on in African and African American culture today. Below are some examples of ways African and African American culture has been preserved and transmitted for future generations.
We also acknowledge that CU Boulder sits upon land within the territories of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho peoples. Further, we acknowledge that 48 contemporary tribal nations are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado.