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Alumni Spotlight: Mamadou Keita '13

mamadou keita

BA French and International Relations/Minor: African & African-American Studies


Darby, PA

Current Position

Client Operations Representative 
Agilent Technologies

My Widener Experience

why did you decide to minor in african and african-american studies?

I decided to minor in African and African-American studies because part of me was curious to know and understand the history of African Americans. As a young black man from Guinea, West Africa, I was very sensitive to what I like to call “The black history” around the world; however, I was also very intrigued with the lives of blacks in the Americas, as they inspired the independence of African countries. I felt like the curriculum was very rich in terms of evaluating all the different aspects of the lives of African Americans in society as a whole.

if you were to do your college experience at widener again, what wouldn't you change?

If I had to do my college experience over again, I would definitely not change my professors. This is one of the reasons why I applied to Widener for graduate studies. My professors gave me the confidence, support, and tools I needed to be successful, and I can’t be more grateful. I learned a great deal of wisdom from each and every one of them, and the trust I have for Widener professors will bond the school and me forever.

My Professional Experience

how has widener prepared you for life after college?

Widener prepared me to become a leader. It taught me to go after what I want, and work hard to achieve those goals. 

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your minor?

I was very fortunate to take African and African-Americans studies, because it gave me a greater understanding of history and today’s society. I would tell prospective students to take advantage of this minor, as it explores elements that are beyond race. It gave me a wealth of knowledge. Also, even if you feel like you know all there is to know about the history, you will be surprised what else is out there in this minor. I was always engaged and excited taking these courses.