Meet our Student Assistant, Aarron Booker

Aarron Booker's Capstone: Black Love


Meet our Student of the Month: AJA ADAMS!


"My name is Aja Adams. I'm currently a senior, double majoring in Sociology and African American Studies, while also minoring in both Human Rights and Black Women Studies. As an aspiring scholar, my main interest/focus as an undergraduate AFAM major is the Respectability Politics of Black Women's Sexual Autonomy. This is my final year as a transfer student here at San José State University, with my expected graduation to be this upcoming May 2020.

Within the Department of African American Studies, I currently serve as the Student Intern. In this position, I've had the opportunity to contribute to the department, be it as designated social media liaison or as a research assistant to Dr. Berry, the department chair of AFAM Studies. I'm also very involved within the larger SJSU community, serving as an executive board member of the student organization, Black Women's Collective.

When I have downtime away from school, work and extracurricular responsibilities, I like to indulge by reading books and binge-watching current tv shows. I also enjoy going to art museums, listening to live music, and traveling to new places.

I'm honored to have been chosen as student of the month for December 2019 and hope to continue creating a positive impact in both the AFAM Department and SJSU as a whole." 

Awesome! Thank you Aja, and Congratulations for the Month of December!


Ada: African American Studies Volunteer Corps

"Ada" is Arabic for "shine, illuminate, enlighten." The African American Studies (AFAM) Volunteer Corps' purpose is to illuminate and enligthen the SJSU community to the mission, vision, and goals of the department through service. As such, Ada supports the success of departmental programs, activities, and initiatives. 

2019-2020 Volunteer Corps

  • Aarron Booker (Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Taylor Adams-Booker
  • Daylon Davis
  • Jocelyn Jones-Trammell
  • Carmen Kennedy-Selah
  • Marcell Leath
  • Charles Van Meurs
  • India Glynn
  • Tamia Addison

If you are interested in becoming a member of the volunteer corps, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Aarron Booker at