Sankofa Heritage Reclamation Project

Program Overview

This program culminates in a journey through the Republic of Ghana, West Africa. We explore the historical, scientific, theological, psychological, sociological and artistic dimensions of racial reconciliation and human wholeness and flourishing.

  • Sponsoring Departments: Global Programs and Studies
  • Program Leader: Dr. Alex Haskins, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations
  • Term: Summer 2023
  • Dates: Domestic: May 15-29; International May 30-June 10, 2023.
  • Estimated Cost: $3,300- $3,800 (airfare included; cost subject to modest change) 
  • Eligibility: Open to Wheaton students in good standing at the College
  • Highlights: The trip includes visits to significant historical sites and relevant educational institutions, and meetings with local educators, artists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, among others. The sites include W. E. B. DuBois Museum, Slave Dungeons, a tour of Accra, Ghana’s capital, visit to renowned artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo’s Nkyimkyim Installation in Ada, and the Manhyia Palace, seat of the Ashanti Kingdom, etc.

Please note the entry requirements for Ghana as outlined by the Ghanian Embassy in DC regarding COVID-19 vaccination and/or PCR testing.

Course Offerings

Choose from one of the two following course offerings.

PSCI 301: Political Thought of the African Diaspora (2 credits)

This two-week intensive summer course is designed to prepare students for the SankofaNow trip to Africa. Throughout the course students will cultivate a nuanced view of Black diasporic thought (i.e. African, Afro-Caribbean, African American) both within and outside of the global church as well as formulate their own political and philosophical opinions on the varied, and often contradicting, visions for how politics might secure conditions of freedom and justice for Afro-descended peoples in the modern world. 


LALS 3XX Intro to Afro-Latino Studies (2 credits)

This is a two-week intensive course that will introduce students to Afro-Latino studies and will examine historical, social, linguistic, and cultural aspects of the community and concept known as afro-latinidad. We will use readings, interviews, music and art to study this important area of Latino Studies and its relationship to North America, South America, Europe, and Africa. We will answer questions such as: What are the origins of the African presence in the Americas? What is the diaspora? What genres of music and Latino foods have African roots? What languages do Afro-Latinos speak today? Fun fact: over 6 million U.S. adults identify as Afro-Latino and we estimate that by the year 2050 there will be more than 30 million Afro-Latinos in this country.


Anticipated Additional Fees

Estimated International Airfare (Roundtrip airfare from Chicago to international locations is included) $0
Visa Fees (for US citizens; citizens of other countries may pay higher fees) $60
Vaccinations (Yellow Fever vaccine required to enter county - approximate cost*) $235-$325
Textbooks/Course Materials $200

* Approximate prices were obtained from Passport Health and Jewel/Osco

Program offering is subject to internal approval, minimum enrollment, and ongoing evaluation of local conditions, including enhanced health and safety reviews.

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How to Apply

To apply to be part of the Sankofa Heritage Reclamation Project, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.