U.S. Africa Institute

About Us

The U.S. Africa Institute is a community of educators, students, and citizen diplomats who are committed to addressing educational inequity and promoting democracy, peace building, and cultural exchange from South Central Los Angeles to Africa. Through its programs and initiatives, the U.S. Africa Institute aims to create a more equitable and just society by providing academic support, fostering conversations and dialogues, and strengthening the relationships between Africans and Americans.

The U.S. Africa Institute’s impact in 2022 was significant, as it made tremendous differences in the lives of communities in the United States and Africa. In 2023, the organization is focusing on four specific areas: education and youth programs, democracy, human rights, and peace building, university partnerships, and public diplomacy and exchange programs.

The U.S. Africa Institute has launched a wide range of local to continental Africa programs in the United States and Africa that address issues related to education and youth empowerment, democracy, public diplomacy, and exchange. Through these programs, the U.S. Africa Institute helps foster greater understanding between Americans and Africans, promotes democracy and peace, ensures access to education for underserved students, and builds capacity and professional excellence in teaching, research, and cross-cultural collaboration.

The U.S. Africa Institute partners with a range of stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental agencies, to leverage its leadership in global education and promote democracy and public diplomacy. By doing so, the U.S. Africa Institute contributes to educational, community, and democratic institutions in the United States and Africa.

Overall, the U.S. Africa Institute is a vital organization that is dedicated to promoting equity, democracy, and peace building. Through its programs and initiatives, the U.S. Africa Institute is helping to create a more just and equitable world for all.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote access to education, empower youth, promote democracy, strengthen peace building, enhance cultural exchange and public diplomacy. 

U.S. Africa Institute targets and prioritizes historically marginalized and disadvantaged groups to address educational inequities and disparities, and promote people to people relations. U.S. Africa Institute enhances the quality and professional capacity of educational institutions in Africa by facilitating mutually beneficial institutional engagements with U.S. higher educational entities, think tanks, and expert intermediaries to foster inter-faculty exchanges, provide highly customized technical assistance and academic support, promote effective virtual learning opportunities and exchange programs, and engage in advocacy towards educational equity and justice.

Vision Statement

Our vision is bringing people closer together through education, exchanges and peace building. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The U.S. Africa Institute is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has made it a central part of its mission to ensure that these values are reflected in all of its work and leadership. This commitment extends to both gender equity and racial justice, recognizing the important role that both play in creating a truly inclusive and just society.

To achieve this, the U.S. Africa Institute has taken a deliberate and intentional approach to building a culture that is respectful, safe, fair, and inclusive for all. This includes a range of practices and policies that are designed to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the organization, from recruitment and hiring to professional development and training.

For example, the U.S. Africa Institute has implemented programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the representation of underrepresented groups in leadership roles and promoting a culture of inclusion and belonging. This includes mentoring and leadership development programs, as well as diversity and inclusion training for all employees.

In addition, the U.S. Africa Institute is committed to creating a safe and respectful workplace environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and bias. This includes implementing policies and procedures to address instances of discrimination or harassment, as well as providing resources and support for employees who may have experienced such incidents.

Overall, the U.S. Africa Institute recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to its success as an organization and to creating a more just and equitable world. By centering these values in all of its work and leadership, the U.S. Africa Institute is helping to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.