Walking into Wayne State University Associate Professor Jose Cuello’s cramped office in the Faculty/Administration Building is akin to stepping into a museum. In all, more than 150 pieces from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean are on display in his office.

The collection has allowed Cuello, who teaches courses on race as well as Latin American and European history, to transform his office into an extension of the classroom. He said he encourages his students to come to his office to learn more about the philosophies and patterns of first world people. He views lessons often taught through indigenous art, such as the need for people to be good stewards of nature, as essential.

“The reason I collect this art is because it reflects our humanity,” said Cuello. “We all have multiple identities, so your ethnic identity should not be in conflict with your American identity or your human identity.”

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