Poster or Presentation Title

The Celebration of African and Caribbean Shared Cultural Experiences and the Effects of Colonialism

Location

Virtual | Room 2

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 3:15 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 3:30 PM

Abstract

The African-Caribbean Union would like to encourage diversity and inclusion on campus by sharing the rich history and culture of Africa and Africans in the Caribbean diaspora. The African Caribbean Union seeks to provide programs that will integrate African and non-Africans in a supportive campus environment and bridge diversity gaps on campus in hopes that the community will be able to make diverse personal connections through the shared cultural experiences of the African and Caribbean students, faculty, and staff who are part of the Lynchburg family. The organization used the money received from the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grant to support two programs, the African-Caribbean Cultural Exhibition and an Africana Lecture Series, to this effect in the 2021 spring semester. The first of the programs was the “Branches to Roots”, an African-Caribbean Cultural Exhibition which premiered on February 17, 2021, and will close on April 09, 2021, at the Daura Art Gallery, showcasing artifact and art from various African and Caribbean cultures such as Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, Nigeria, and Trinidad and Tobago. The second program hosted during Black History Month featured Dr. Kwame E. Otu from the University of Virginia and his research on Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana. These educational programs served our mission to share African/Caribbean cultural experiences and to further the education of heritage and issues in the African diaspora.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ghislaine Lewis

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Apr 7th, 3:15 PM Apr 7th, 3:30 PM

The Celebration of African and Caribbean Shared Cultural Experiences and the Effects of Colonialism

Virtual | Room 2

The African-Caribbean Union would like to encourage diversity and inclusion on campus by sharing the rich history and culture of Africa and Africans in the Caribbean diaspora. The African Caribbean Union seeks to provide programs that will integrate African and non-Africans in a supportive campus environment and bridge diversity gaps on campus in hopes that the community will be able to make diverse personal connections through the shared cultural experiences of the African and Caribbean students, faculty, and staff who are part of the Lynchburg family. The organization used the money received from the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grant to support two programs, the African-Caribbean Cultural Exhibition and an Africana Lecture Series, to this effect in the 2021 spring semester. The first of the programs was the “Branches to Roots”, an African-Caribbean Cultural Exhibition which premiered on February 17, 2021, and will close on April 09, 2021, at the Daura Art Gallery, showcasing artifact and art from various African and Caribbean cultures such as Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, Nigeria, and Trinidad and Tobago. The second program hosted during Black History Month featured Dr. Kwame E. Otu from the University of Virginia and his research on Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana. These educational programs served our mission to share African/Caribbean cultural experiences and to further the education of heritage and issues in the African diaspora.