The Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas (CAAD) at the University of Texas at Austin is an intellectual organization of scholars, historians, artists, and critics who appreciate, study, support, foster, and promote the arts of Africa and its diasporas. CAAD champions a holistic definition of the arts while enriching and broadly drawing on faculty from the College of Fine Arts, as well as associates from other colleges, centers, and departments in the University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on the advanced creation, function, and understanding of art traditions of Africa and its diasporas. While foregrounding aesthetic, pedagogical, and community interests, the activities supported by CAAD contextualize the making, consumption, and analysis of art at the crossroads of gender, sexuality, race, political, sociological, and intellectual debates and practices. As a coordinating matrix, CAAD serves as a confluence and catalyst for the diversity of talents within and outside UT, for exploring and maximizing the creative energy and expressive cultural productions of the peoples of Africa and its diasporas. Our central philosophy is to effect positive social change and achieve the highest goals of cultivating and elevating the human mind in the classroom and through the research, production, and analysis of the art of Africa and its diasporas.