Committed to Ending Global Racism through Education Abroad
When We Do See Color: Ending Global Racism
Following the popular and insightful “Transnational Blackness” webinar held in July 2020, The Forum recorded a 5-part dialogue series that intentionally centers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), their experiences, and their scholarship to familiarize international educators with issues of transnational, regional, and local racism around the world and the work being done to dismantle it.
In each conversation, our host and series curator Dr. Keshia Abraham of the Abraham Consulting Agency and elected member of the Forum Council, is joined by two colleagues representing diverse and international perspectives to explore topics and themes related to colorism, intersectionality, language and linguistic racism, and more.
Digital Badge Program
In conjunction with the webinar series, we welcome colleagues to demonstrate their active pursuit of anti-racist activities in their work. This digital badging program offers colleagues the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned throughout the conversation series and gives them access to a mini-consultation with an experienced justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion professional who can help them translate their learning into action.
To earn this badge, participants will:
- Participate in the “Transnational Blackness: A Conversation about Race and Racism around the World” and the five (5) part “When We Do See Color: Ending Global Racism” series (recordings available)
- Complete a capstone activity which puts their learning and reflection into practice by proposing a strategic and meaningful way that they plan to activate their agency and work to dismantle racism and discrimination in their own international education work
- Meet established criteria for capstone activity and receive feedback for improvement as determined by two (2) professional justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion consultants
- $200 for an individual employed by a Forum member institution
- $250 for a non-member
When We Do See Color: Ending Global Racism Webinar Series
Recordings of the following five webinars are included as part of this program.
Part 1, And Many of Us Are Brave Abroad.
Building on the title of the Black Feminist classic, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave, in this session we consider cross-cultural intersections of race, class and gender in education abroad. What are some of the ways in which women of color confront and dismantle global racism through international education? How do gender and sexuality impact how we view movement, agency and opportunity with regard to education abroad? How do we use our agency in relation to race, class and gender to end global racism? We will be joined by world renowned feminist scholar-activists, Beverly Guy Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College, and Siga Fatima Jagne Jallow, Commissioner of Social and Women’s Affairs for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Part 2, Diaspora & Colorism.
To end racism we must confront colorism and speak to some of the seeming unspeakable ways that it impacts us. In this session we feature two scholar-activists originally from India whose work has had a profound impact on Caribbean art and performance studies and global education. Annie Paul, editor-in-chief of PREE literary magazine and head of publications at SALISES who has hosted and connected international scholars within the Caribbean landscape for many years, and Joti Sekhon, recently retired sociologist and international programs director at Winston-Salem State University.
Part 3, Afrophobia & Afro-Latinidad
When we do see color, one of the ways we end global racism is by having open, honest, frank conversations about what connects and separates us and how we experience belonging. This session explores the “both”/ “and” of Afro-Latinidad cultural identity through a conversation with K-12 educator and cultural activist, Tony Muhammad, and the Director/Founder of LATINEGRAS, Omilani Alarcon.
Part 4, The Power of Language: Addressing Linguistic Racism
Communication is key! In this session Professors Marlon Swai and Hiram Smith discuss the politics of language vis a vis identity and culture with Dr. Keshia Abraham. We will explore race and class implications on language as experienced around the world, (specifically in South Africa, Latin America, and the United States) while centering Black intellectual traditions and the complexities of “nation language.”
Part 5, Psychological and Sociological Impact of Global Racism
Recorded on International Women’s Day, this intimate conversation spans 30 years and two continents of academic and professional engagement in international education with world renowned African Feminist scholar, Dr. Patricia McFadden and Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo, Associate Dean of International Programs at Pitzer College in conversation with Dr. Keshia Abraham. The discussion is influenced by their knowledge and experience of regional transformations in Southern Africa, Brazil, and the US (primarily), especially with regard to race, class, age, and gender, and how these intersections impact international education when we do see color. The conversation demonstrates and suggests strategies to consider as we all work to put an end to global racism through intentionally equitable engagement in international education and beyond.