Diasporic Soul provides healing-centered leadership development experiences in Senegal, West Africa for Black students.
Diasporic Soul healing-centered leadership development experiences are designed for learners to further develop their ability to be self-aware, loving, inter-culturally competent leaders who practice self-care and recognize their capacity for healing, restoration, resilience and resistance so that they are able to collaborate with others in order to create change and pursue healing justice. Our healing-centered approach includes integrating culture and soulfully-oriented contemplative practices, including yoga, healing rituals and reflective journaling.
As recent student protests have shown us and the USC Race and Equity Center notes in Black Students at Public Collest and University: A 50-State Report Card far too many colleges and universities are “failing black students.” Further, as Dr. Kyra Shahid notes in her recently published book Anti-Black Racism and Epistemic Violence (Sentio 2018) “Black students continue to be subjected to the imposing and colonizing standards, traditions, and epistemologies that maintain white supremacy and perpetuate anti-blackness in the academy. ” As Shahid and her Django Praxis student co-authors detail in the text and as Ebony O. McGee and David Stovall speak to in “Reimagining Critical Race Theory in Education: Mental Health, Healing, and the Pathway to Liberatory Praxis,” “Black students are expected to exert excessive amounts of psychological and emotional energy to manage stress in academic and social contexts, as well as systemic and everyday racism, which can be overwhelming and taxing. In fact, Stovall and McGee explain that “the significant injustice of societal racism takes a toll even on those students who appear to be the toughest and most successful. Black students face the constant threat of perceived intellectual inferiority rooted in notions of white supremacy produce anxiety, trauma, and general unpleasantness for them and their peers.”
Thus, our healing-centered approach to leadership development.
Further, as we seek to hold space for Black youth to deepen their leadership capacity and practice, we are invested in them as learners who are able to communicate what they know outside and beyond the traditional academic transcript. In other words, we want to be a part of a growing movement that recognizes what our youth know through their own experiences and that they learn outside the classroom. All the time. We are invested in them having the capacity to present what they know as well as their skills and character qualities to others, including educational institutions, community organizations, colleagues and employers. And, one another so that they can keep learning from and teaching one another.
Therefore, we offer learners the opportunity to earn Sentio’s Global Competency Certification as a part of their Diasporic Soul healing-centered leadership development experience.