Miles Francisco is a graduating senior from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is graduated with Bachelor’s of Arts degrees, in African and African-American Studies and Political Science as well as minors in International Studies and Women and Gender Studies. While attending the University of Oklahoma, Miles received the Carl Albert Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, and was named Outstanding Senior for the University. He was active in several student organizations across campus. He served as Co-Director for the Black Emergency Response Team and participated in the Gender + Equality Center, and OU’s NAACP chapter. Moving forward Miles plans to embark on a year long fellowship before continuing his education in graduate school pursuing a Ph.D.
The Clara Luper Department of African & African American Studies has played a crucial part in helping me grow into the person I am today. AFAM is an incredibly strong program. The rigorous courses awakened my consciousness and helped me navigate the many hardships I experienced while attending the University of Oklahoma. I am so appreciative of AFAM for always being supportive and playing a key role in providing a home, a welcoming space for students on campus. The people in AFAM have meant so very much to me. Without them I would not be where I am today. Thank you for being a testament to the life and work of Clara Luper!