IDA Concentration


The Identity, Diversity, and Aesthetics Concentration in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity and African & African American Studies is a program designed to explore the intersections of culture, race, the arts, and social transformation. In IDA courses taught by Stanford faculty and distinguished Artists-In-Residence and Visiting Artists, students learn how the arts, activism, and the academy interact to produce aesthetic and social change.

FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS, please reach out to:
Grace Toleque ( at IDA
Ashante Johnson ( at AAAS
Byron Barahona ( at CSRE.


IDA Concentration students must complete either a creative senior capstone or a creative honors thesis. The senior capstone is completed by the end of fall quarter in the required fall senior seminar, 200X. The honors thesis is completed by mid-spring quarter; students also take the required fall senior seminar, and may earn up to 10 additional units for their thesis over the winter and spring through 200Y and 200Z, respectively. Possible examples of senior creative work include but are not limited to: a stage production, an album of music, a fiction or creative nonfiction piece, a body of visual artwork, and an arts workshop curriculum for a community setting.


The Identity, Diversity, and Aesthetics concentration is designed to be attainable and flexible within either the CSRE or AAAS major. Each quarter IDA offers a range of courses taught by IDA-affiliated faculty and artists. A concentration typically requires 25 units in IDA-approved courses, along with 15 minimum units of core classes for CSRE or 20 units of core classes for AAAS. Please check with Student Services Officer Ashante Johnson ( at AAAS or CSRE advisor Byron Barahona ( for additional major requirements.

Click here for a comprehensive list of IDA approved courses.

Examples of IDA courses include:

    • AFRICAAM 160J: Conjure Art 101: Performances of Ritual, Spirituality and Decolonial Black Feminist Magic  (Amara Tabor-Smith)
    • AFRICAAM 128/Dance 128: Roots Modern Experience - Mixed level (Amara Tabor-Smith) 
    • AFRICAAM 180S: The Black Music 1980s: Turntables, Beat Machines and DJ Scholarship (CSRE 180S)  (Adam Banks)
    • AFRICAAM 291: Riot: Visualizing Civil Unrest in the 20th and 21st Centuries (AFRICAAM 491, ARTHIST 291, ARTHIST 491, FILMEDIA 291, FILMEDIA 491)(Rose Salseda)
    • AFRICAAM 37: Contemporary Choreography: Chocolate Heads Performance Project (Aleta Hayes)