African Studies


African Studies DSA Cliff Foster

Cliff Foster

k17cf01@kzoo.edu
Major: Business
Minor: History
Concentration: African Studies
Best Adjective to Describe You: Different

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
This department equips students to engage society’s assumptions and prejudices regarding the African continent with scholarly and practical knowledge.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
The biggest advice that I could give would be to take a chance and sign up for a class. Speaking to people about the department can only go so far, at some point you have to experience things for yourself. An African Studies class is worth the Take risks. Classes in this department will make you uncomfortable, frustrated and challenged, but a desire to uncover deep truths about Africa will be what keeps you going.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
People were right when they said college would change you. In my case, I am thankful it was for the better. Do not be afraid to stand up for what is right even when you are standing alone.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My favorite class has been Intro to African Studies because it was my first time being exposed to African history from the perspective of Africans. This sparked an interest to dive even deeper into the intricacies of a misunderstood people and landscape.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have taken classes in multiple departments with intentions to find what I really Initially, my goal was to take classes inside of my major (business), but the open curriculum allowed me to reignite my passion for learning about history. In the process, I was drawn to the African Studies department and for the first time was educated on my ancestors from the perspective of my ancestors.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I completed a summer internship in the Purchasing/Accounting Department at the Lansing School District.

What is your SIP?
I will be examining church marketing strategies as it aligns with their overall mission as a church.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Upon graduation, I plan to work in the government, to make a real change.