Student Travels/Opportunities

ASSA (Africana Studies Student Association)

The purpose of this organization is to serve as a platform for the current Africana Studies majors and minors to network among one another, meet other Africana scholars as well as participate in opportunities to enhance our research and study within this field. This group keeps Africana majors and minors connected and ensures all Africana minors and majors are getting the resources and opportunities that can move us forward in terms of learning, research and intellectual development. 

2018 Ghana Trip

Since 2014, the Africana Studies Program in collaboration with Sustainable Development Program; Global Studies; and Health, Medicine and Society (HMS), have provided various opportunities and life-changing experiences for Lehigh students. This year, fifteen (15) Lehigh students from various background and academic disciplines including Africana Studies, Global Studies, HMS, College of Business, Sociology and Anthropology and others participated in the 2018 Lehigh summer program in Ghana, “Globalization and Health in Ghana.” The program was led by Professors Kwame Essien and Sirry Alang with assistance of Professor Bruce Whitehouse and the study abroad office. Read More


APPLY HERE... (application covers all three grants)

Lehigh has funding available for College of Arts and Sciences students who are interested in traveling abroad. One of the objectives in providing these grants is to enhance the diversity of the pool of University students who are given the opportunity to engage in these experiences.  Preference will be given to students with financial need.  Financial need is determined by the Office of Financial Aid in the categories of low, medium and high need.  In most cases, preference will be given to Africana Studies majors and minors who are going on credit bearing, Lehigh faculty-led programs or individual research (non-credit bearing) supervised by Africana Studies faculty. There is a rolling application.  This application covers the following grants:

The AAS program travel grant offers $800 for AAS majors and $400 for AAS minors for travel to Africa broadly defined. Available for credit and non-credit bearing programs. Travel does not need to be affiliated with Lehigh University.    

The Ron Ulrich grant offers $3,000 per student majoring or minoring in Africana Studies for travel to Ghana on credit bearing, Lehigh faculty-led programs or individual research (non-credit bearing) supervised by Africana Studies faculty. Travel must be during the summer or winter session. Upon completion of travel students will be required to give a short presentation to the Bethlehem community as part of the AAS Public Humanities Initiative.  The students' time in Africa must also include exposure to the business community so they can better understand the marketplace and wealth creation.


The African American Policy forum seeks to hire its first Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, in conjunction with AAPF, seeks to hire an additional Research Fellow and an Office Assistant. Below, you will find descriptions of all three positions.

This critical time—the celebration of the 30th anniversary of intersectionality in 2020, the success of the #SayHerName campaign, and several other efforts domestically and internationally—requires a fortified organizational structure. Hiring the Chief Operating Officer is the first step in a larger effort to build an organization that champions intersectionality as a key framework. Hiring an Office Assistant and a Research Fellow will further increase our capacity, as well.

The position description for the Chief Operating Officer outlines the role and the requirements. We ask as supporters of the African American Policy Forum that you share this description with anyone you think may have an interest in this role or should have an interest. The process for application is to refer their names and contact information or their resume or CV to the search firm.

We've engaged The Boulware Group to manage the search for the Chief Operating Officer and their contact information is included in the position description. We anticipate a hire in the near future and would appreciate any suggestions and/or expressions of interest be forwarded immediately to The Boulware Group, Inc.

Position Description: Chief Operating Officer

Position Description: Research Fellow