A Letter From The President

ADC

August 1, 2015

 

 

As the African Diaspora Consortium (ADC) continues its upward trajectory toward its official launch in early Spring 2016, our accomplishments have exceeded our imagination and expectations. Although my faith has always been long and deep and my extraordinary belief in the necessity of our work has been unwavering, even I find it hard to imagine that we are working with some of the most talented and accomplished people across the African Diaspora.

 

Our focus/mission is simple: we not only want to, we must impact positively the education and economic outcomes and opportunities of Black populations across the African Diaspora. The stakes are too high for us not to address our challenges. We are particularly focused on the often neglected and rarely comparatively examined African descendant populations historically and culturally dispersed to different countries during the transatlantic slave trade and different periods of migration (e.g., the Caribbean region, Europe, Latin America, and North America). The reason this is important is because data trends and patterns of seemingly intractable education achievement gaps and poverty across these countries are strikingly similar. That means, then, political and corporate leaders, scholars, and other leaders should be tremendously interested in the possibilities of working across countries to address these challenges. Most countries are still working from a nationalist model, as they attempt to address these chronic problems. Yet, other sectors have moved to an internationalist model of problem solving, where countries are working collaboratively.

 

Our goal is to work with true partnerships, where no country’s voice is situated over another, and voices of partner countries are jointly heard and included. We are not just defining problems; rather, we are solution focused, utilizing evidence to enhance our outcomes and advocacy. ADC is not a blame placing organization. To keep rehashing what got us here can be painful and debilitating. Our students’ and families’ conditions remind us everyday of our current education and economic challenges. This is where we are, and what is before us is what we must address, using different paradigms and models. Therefore, we want to work with individuals, political and corporate leaders across aisles and countries, and all who truly want to work with us to make a difference in the lives of African descendants across the African Diaspora.

 

We have been intentionally methodical in our approach. This approach has enabled us to assemble the right individuals, define the appropriate rationale for the selection of our pilot countries, and carefully craft initiatives that will positively impact a wide swath of individuals (k-12, higher education, and artists) across our pilot countries.

 

We look forward to your questions, ideas and suggestions as our organization continues to unfold. We are so very grateful for the extraordinarily accomplished individuals who are working with us: our exceptional Board; our extremely accomplished Planning Group; our Senior Leadership Team; and our Graduate Assistants. In everyway, this has been a team effort and a true example of what it means to work collectively and cooperatively across the African Diaspora.

 

As we begin to address our severe education and economic dilemmas across the African Diaspora, we are aware of the enormity of our challenges but excited about the possibilities.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kassie Freeman, Ph.D.

Founding President and CEO

African Diaspora Consortium (ADC)

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