Africana Studies, a transdisciplinary degree granting program at The University of New Mexico (UNM), offers students a full understanding of the global linkages between peoples of Africa and other African descended people in the Southwest, the contiguous United States and throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Recently, Africana Studies announced the formation of its Friends of Africana Studies Advisory Team (FASAT), with 11 key appointments:

Harold Bailey


Harold Bailey, Ph.D.
Chairman of the FASAT
NAACP Albuquerque Chapter President


Marilyn Hill


Marilyn Hill
New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department
Retired Deputy Cabinet Secretary


Brandi Stone, M.A.


Brandi Stone, M.A.
Program Specialist
UNM African American Student Services 


Hakim Bellamy


Hakim Bellamy, M.A.
City of Albuquerque
Deputy Director of Cultural Services


Beverly McMillian



Beverly McMillan
Family Advocacy Center Coordinator


Rev. N.D. Smith

Reverend N.D. Smith
Baptist Ministers Union



Mandisa Routheni


Mandisa Routheni
Africana Studies alum
Institute for Policy Studies Healthcare fellow


Harold Pope, Jr.


Harold Pope, Jr.
Board Chairman
March of Dimes Albuquerque 
Retired U.S. Airforce Captain


Beverly Jordan


Beverly Jordan
Education Outreach Coordinator
Office of African American Affairs 


Sam W.D. Johnson, J.D.

Sam W.D. Johnson, J.D.
Founding Student
Africana Studies Program 



Miracle Luster


Miracle Luster
Student Representative
Africana Studies


"The search for specific Advisory Team members to impact the current lifecycle of Africana Studies has been a strategic and thoughtful process," said Dr. Charles E. Becknell, Jr., Director of Africana Studies at UNM. "As we expand the scope of the Africana Studies agenda, we have established an advisory team with extensive experience in religion and social justice, fiscal services, non-profits, student affairs, and city and state government to provide guidance during our next phase of growth. We look forward to working with the respected members and leveraging their leadership to further Africana Studies’ current and future goals."

The members of FASAT will work closely with the Director of Africana Studies to support administrative efforts that will lead to department status for the Africana Studies program; identify and engage funding sources to support the academic, research, and public/community service projects of Africana Studies; assist the Director of Africana Studies with the annual graduation ceremony, the planning of the annual state meeting on Black Studies, and the planning of the 50th Anniversary of Black Studies at UNM; promote and support activities and programs sponsored by Africana Studies; develop an annual report of Committee activities; and other assignments and duties as assigned by the Director of Africana Studies.