Learning Abroad Center
The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal

Wakanda & Black Liberatory Futures: Exploring Afrofuturism in Senegal

Africa & Middle East
LAC Program
Info Session

Using an Afrofuturist lens, explore values, policies, and practices in Senegal that could reimagine Black futures in the United States.

Program Details

Dakar, Senegal
Summer Session
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Graduate Students


The African diaspora continues to be misrepresented in international and national media, further promoting the divide of African influence in American societies, cultures, and ways of being. Using historical and modern-day research methods, Afrofuturist and Pan-Africanist movements, community engagement, and cross-disciplinary approaches, engage in the design research process to tackle emerging community issues that directly oppress Black communities throughout the United States. Meet with Senegalese community members in a variety of industries and learn innovative, creative ways to help heal our communities, promote abolitionist principles, and advance collective liberation.

Course Description

This course will explore Black ancestral narratives to learn from the counter-stories of people throughout the African diaspora. Through discussion, writing, community-engaged research, and creative projects, we’ll examine current systems of oppression and their direct impact on Black communities in the United States.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify West African cultural and design influences on modern-day society
  • Apply historical and present-day West African practices toward the reimagining of Black liberatory futures in the United States
  • Understand new ways to decolonize your understanding of design impact on society
  • Identify ways systemic oppression is rooted in society and contributes to the oppression of Black communities
  • Gain insight and new practices from community engagement throughout the West African diaspora to use in your work and discipline

Program Model


Housing & Meals

You will live in shared hotels and with a host family with other program participants while on the program. In host families, you will be with one other UofM student in a vetted family, matched through a questionnaire given pre-departure. Most meals are included in the program fee.


Excursions and guest lectures may include:

  • Lac Rose (Pink Lake)
  • Lecture on Feminism, women's movements, and hip hop music
  • Lecture on the World Bank
  • Lecture or visit on professional training
  • Local volunteer opportunities
  • Soumbedioune market
  • African Renaissance Monument
  • Village des Arts 
  • Musée des Civilizations Noires (Museum of Black Civilizations)
  • Musée de la Femme
  • Gorée Island and House of Slaves
  • Black Rock
  • Sandaga and HLM Markets
  • Place du souvenir and Musée de la Femme
  • Park de Bandia


All program participants will take the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight; you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center about your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
  • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
  • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

Faculty & Staff

This course is led by Terresa Moses, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Director of Design Justice and Simone Gbolo, Statewide Director Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance, Office for Equity and Diversity.

Program Structure

Program Level
4000-level coursework

One 3-credit course

This seminar is a 2+ week study abroad program led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:

  • Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
  • Small groups of 15–25 students
  • No prerequisites or language requirements
  • Included excursions and cultural activities
  • Instruction in English


You’ll be assessed via three projects (a personal journal, a weekly media or experiential response, and a Black liberatory future creative project). You’ll be expected to write journal entries, explain and apply media/experience and learned concepts, participate in class, and complete a final project, including some research and writing.

Receive credit for: DES 4403/5503

Wakanda & Black Liberatory Futures syllabus (PDF)

Academic Registration

If confirmed, you will be registered for your course by the Learning Abroad Center once registration opens for your term abroad. Make sure you have no holds that would prevent registration.

If you haven't already, communicate with your academic adviser(s) as applicable to review the course for your major, minor, or college requirements. University of Minnesota students should use the Academic Planning Form (PDF), located on your confirmation checklist.

Dates Details

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

TermProgram DatesPriority Application DeadlineFinal Application Deadline
May Session 2024May 20–June 10, 2024February 1, 2024March 1, 2024

Program dates are subject to change.

If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

Information Sessions

Join in-person or over Zoom. Register and learn more about this and other events on our events page.

Wed., Jan. 2411:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.May & Summer Program Expo
Walter Library Room 101
Fri., Jan. 2612:00 p.m.Online (register for Zoom link)
Thurs., Feb. 112:30 p.m.Online (register for Zoom link)
Thurs., Feb. 151:30 p.m.

Online (join Zoom link)

Contact program leader Terresa Moses at [email protected] with questions. 

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation—which is mandatory—and in-person or online program-specific session with program leader(s). All meetings are required and failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad. The online orientation module is found on your application checklist and is due by your first orientation session.

You will be notified of the official date and time of required orientation sessions or will be contacted to send availability in order to schedule sessions. Reach out to your program leader directly for any concerns about orientation session date and times. You will receive applicable orientation materials from your program leader either in advance or after the orientation session(s).

Term AbroadDate/TimeLocation
May Session 2024TBDTBD

Priority Deadline

If you apply by the priority deadline and confirm within the allotted time you will receive the published program fee. Applying after the priority deadline and/or not confirming within the allotted time means you may be subject to an airfare increase.


May Session 2024 Cost of Participation

Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

This program will not use a group flight, instead the LAC will assist students in booking a designated flight. Estimated flight costs are noted in the budget, but fares may change until booked. You are advised NOT to book flights until given program confirmation from the LAC.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

May 2024

Wakanda & Black Liberatory Futures: Exploring Afrofuturism in Senegal

May Session 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $3,594
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsShared hotel rooms and host family accommodations. Most meals included. $446
Transportation (if required and included in program fee)No group flight, see below for estimated flight costs $0
Total Program Fee $4,490
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $3,990

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteLAC will work with students to book fare on a designated flight. Cost is an estimate- exact fare given at time of booking. $2,300
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations*Visit your travel clinic and consult for any costs $50
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,500
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $200
Essential daily living expensesphone charges, etc. $150
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $450

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $6,940
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $150
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.


Be aware: Learning Abroad Center programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

COVID-19 Information

A COVID-19 vaccine & booster and negative COVID test before departure (own expense) may be required on arrival in country or at various venues in this location (based on current government and local policies). This may change before departure.

Participants are expected to follow local and governmental COVID-19 guidelines and requirements while abroad. Visit the CDC International Travel website and the LAC COVID Policies page for updated information.

US Consulate in Senegal COVID-19 Information site (current updates on entry/exit and local requirements).

More information can be provided during advising sessions and pre-departure orientation with the program contact in the LAC.


The COVID-19 vaccine series is strongly recommended, pursuant to CDC guidelines, but not required for participation in this program.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now


After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Application Essay

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

Next Steps

  1. After you complete all required application checklist items, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application is ready to be reviewed.
  2. Your completed application will be reviewed by the Learning Abroad Center.
  3. If admitted, the Confirmation & Payment Agreement form will be added to your checklist. Complete this form to secure your spot on the program. By submitting the form, you also give your approval for the program deposit to be billed to your UofM student account.
  4. Complete the confirmation checklist, which include the following items in additional to program-specific forms:
    • Passport Information
    • Emergency Contacts
    • Health Information Form
    • Online Health & Safety Orientation
    • Release & Waiver
  5. You will receive information about additional steps from the sponsoring college/department.

After You Apply

Before your program begins, review these resources.

Health & Safety

Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.

Power of Attorney

Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.

Student Identity

Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.

Travel Resources

Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, email

Jemma Lund at [email protected], or call at 612.625.8827