Freddy Coleman

How Africana impacted my career path:
During my tenure as an undergraduate at Lehigh, I minored in the Africana Studies program with a focus on the technological and sustainable developments on the African continent. The course work and the study abroad experiences in Ghana, Kenya, and Martinique activated a great interest to couple my academic experience to my career choices. Because of these unique experiences in the field, I was fortunate to found a media company, GhanaMade, based on the premise to amplify black and African creatives in West Africa and its Diasporas in the United States and United Kingdom. Over the years, I have had the opportunities to speak at reputable institutions such as the United Nations and the US Embassy to Ghana because of my Africana Studies background. Africana Studies is a foundationary program which can better enhance traditional academic disciplines from an intricate, globalised perspective.

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Raven Monique Gaddy

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Maya Angelou

A Hartford, Connecticut native, Raven Monique Gaddy was born with a passion for travel and a gift of helping others in need. Born to a supportive single mother, she has always been encouraged to live life on her own terms, and seize every opportunity afforded to her. Whether it is a new travel destination, or new craft she learned, Raven is always up to something new.

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