Avanthi Cole, a Princeton, NJ native, is a member of the Class of 2018. She is thrilled to be a part of the inaugural class of African American Studies majors. Her interest in pursuing a concentration in the AAS department was sparked by Professor Murakawa’s The New Jim Crow, a course she took in her freshman spring. Since then, Avanthi has taken a variety of classes in the department, and has only fallen more in love with the field. She is currently interested in how multiracial individuals negotiate their multiple identities in a society that pressures them to choose one. Extracurricularly, she is the co-president of the Black Student Union.