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USF to hold memorial for Africana Studies instructor

TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of South Florida Department of Africana Studies has lost a gifted instructor, mentor and friend. Daphine Washington, an instructor in the department, passed away on Jan. 27, 2012. A memorial service for Washington will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in the Grace Allen Room on the fourth floor of the USF library.

Washington began at the University of South Florida as a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, where she became interested in technology and its uses in the African Diaspora. She began her affiliation with Africana studies as a graduate assistant, while enrolled in the Department of Anthropology doctoral program. In 2005, she traveled to Ecuador to study cyber communication among a small, isolated population of black residents. Her keen skills in technology led her to the USF College of Education, where she earned a master’s degree in instructional technology. In 2009, Washington joined the Department of Africana Studies as a full-time instructor, teaching both online and traditional courses.

In 1999, Washington graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. In 2000, she enrolled in the University of Florida and earned a master’s degree in anthropology.

Washington was born in Chicago, Ill. on June 25, 1961. She was the mother of two sons, Aaron and Isaiah, and a daughter, Kamilah. She was the grandmother of a two-year-old granddaughter, Surii.

A proud and engaged member of the USF community, Washington will be remembered and missed by faculty, staff and students.


Filed under:Arts and Sciences Africana Studies    
Author: Megan Lamb