Program Coordinator, George Mason University African and African American Studies
Amani S. Walker is the Program Coordinator for the African and African American Studies (AAAS) Program at George Mason University (GMU). In this role, she supports the program by curating culturally relevant and responsive programming, advising students, developing strategic partnerships, deepening community relationships, and teaching. Her scholarly interests include : transnational feminism, the "adultification" of Black youth, Black joy and liberation. Prior to her role at GMU, Amani engaged in diversity, equity , access & inclusion work, student engagement, and community development in her respective roles at the Scripps College Office of Campus Life and the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP). Amani's passion for advocacy, education, and community led her to earn a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Human Rights and International Social Justice and a minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, Amani studied intersectional feminism, race, class, and gender in Salvador de Bahia , Brasil. Her most notable accomplishment at VCU was the creation of the Ram The Vote initiative - a non-partisan coalition that educated the community about voter’s rights, political candidates, amplified the voices of youth voters, and transported 600+ people to the polls. Upon graduation from VCU, Amani received an M.A. in International Education from New York University (NYU). During Amani's matriculation at NYU, she participated in the Education and Social Reform program in South Africa where she studied the intersections of higher education, race, and gender in a post-apartheid nation. Her advocacy continued as she served as the President of the International Education Student Board (IESB) and the Co-Founder of the Diversity and Inclusion Student Committee (DISC) for her graduate program. Amani is driven by creating positive, life-affirming spaces that support learning, celebrate and center diverse narratives and lived experiences. In her hometown, you can find her serving in the Young Adult Ministry Leadership team at MOBC Woodbridge and leading and learning in the Leadership Prince William program. Amani loves all things Jesus, justice, and joy, and when she isn’t working (and pre-pandemic), Amani enjoys being in community with her friends and family, jamming out at concerts, and traveling to new places.