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ABOUT US

Connecting. Reunifying. Healing.

 
 
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The ADA Mission.

The mission of The African Diaspora Alliance (ADA) is to holistically connect descendants of Africa to the global African community, known as the African Diaspora. The African Diaspora Alliance serves as a facilitator through a variety of diverse programs.

Through our organization we seek to educate, encourage unity, and promote solidarity throughout the African Diaspora. Across all borders, through the services offered by ADA the diaspora is demystified and the mutual "exoticization" of the foreign ‘other’ is replaced with understanding and connectedness. Use this page to describe your company's mission and goals.

 
 
 
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“…unlearning the fallacies taught about black history, and better understanding ourselves.”

 
 
 
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Meet the Team

The African Diaspora Alliance was founded by two Baltimore activists who experienced first hand the absence of African Diaspora history in public and private school curriculums and opportunities for black youth to study abroad. As a solution to these disparities, The African Diaspora Alliance was created to help enlighten, expose, and engage individuals with the diversity and beauty of the African Diaspora. The Youth of The Diaspora Program is one of many initiatives the organization has created to better connect the African Diaspora.


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JASMINE HALL - COFOUNDER

Jasmine Kayla Hall is the CoFounder of The African Diaspora Alliance and holds a master's in Public Health from The Keck School of Medicine of The University of Southern California. Hall’s academic work gives honor and reverence to ancestral knowledge as the original studies of the Universe. Her research interests include holistic and integrative medicine and examines race, gender, and Spirit as pre-conditions for the social determinants of health for African descendant communities. As a healer, Hall studies how African spiritual traditions have been transformed and transplanted across time and space. Hall uses naturopathic modalities of healing and believes that the health of communities requires a tethering of the body, mind, and Spirit which she brings to life in her work as the co-founder of The African Diaspora Alliance (ADA). Hall has co-created an African diasporic centered curriculum, facilitated several transnational events and exchanges between Cuba, Colombia, and the U.S. Hall has also spent substantial time living, working, and traveling throughout the continent of Africa and also studied at The University of Havana, University of the Arts (ISA), and San Alejandro de Los Artes in Cuba. Hall holds a B.A. in African and Black Diaspora Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies from DePaul University. Hall’s work allows Black Liberation to be both imagined and actualized through cultivating transnational solidarity throughout African Diaspora communities.

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MORIAH RAY - COFOUNDER

Moriah Ray completed her undergraduate career at the University of Maryland College Park where she studied Government and Politics with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. She completed her Masters at New York University in Latin American and Caribbean Studies where she completed her thesis titled Havana Twists: Negotiating Race, Power, and Hair of Afro-American and Afro-Cuban Women. Her thesis research examines topics such as transnational solidarity, black hair politics, and colonial legacies. Moriah has had various travel opportunities throughout the globe studying and researching the African Diaspora including Barbados, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, and various other countries.

DR. YARITZA AZCUY M.D. - HAVANA RESEARCH LIAISON

Yaritza is a proud Afro-Cuban physician from Havana, Cuba where she currently practices. While she was a student in medical school she co-founded an organization that connected the African Diaspora students at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba. The student led group facilitated successful events bringing together the various countries of the Diaspora that are represented at the school. She is responsible for assisting ADA in organizing educational programs in Havana.

CHENISE CALHOUN - SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

Chenise Calhoun has her B.A. in French literature and International Studies from Towson University. She is developing her fluency in other languages as well, such as Arabic and Portuguese. She is an activist-scholar who has seamlessly united what she has learned in the classroom to on the ground grassroots organizing. While at Towson she was a active leader of student organizations such as the Feminist Collective and Freedom School. She also worked for her universities study abroad office as a Peer Student Educator. Since graduating in Spring 2019 she was accepted into the Peace Corp where she will be serving in Algeria.

BRIENNE FRANCOIS-DUGANS - SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

Brienne Francois-Dugans is a Morgan State University graduate with a fervent passion for sports and sports rehabilitation. She completed her B.A in Physical Therapy in Spring 2019. During her time at Morgan State, Brienne served as campus events chair for Females United to Uplift Reshape and educate (F.U.T.U.R.E.) and Uplift Fitness Club (event chair/President). In her last semester of undergrad, Brienne had the opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba along with professors and students from Morgan State and the African Diaspora Alliance. She describes her time there as "life changing,” which has inspired her to now work for ADA as a social media intern.

SHOMARI MAYNARD - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Shomari was born in New Jersey and raised in California, U.S.A. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with minors in African Diaspora Studies and Spanish & Spanish American Studies from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2015. In 2016 Shomari served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at FURG in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Prior to that, she was a Global Leadership Fellow and English coach for U.S.-Brazil Connect, serving technical high school students in Piauí, Brazil. Most recently she has worked in the philanthropic sector supporting work in African education. During her undergraduate career she studied abroad in Ecuador, Hong Kong, and Ghana, and has traveled to a host of other countries.

DAVID GOITIZOLO CARABALLO - HAVANA DIASPORA EXCURSION GUIDE

David Goitizolo Caraballo currently resides in the municipality Marianao in Havana, Cuba. He is a multifaceted telecommunications engineer who received his Ph.D from the University of Havana. He has worked in flying traffic control stations and currently works in the Cuban Biotechnology industry.In addition to engineering David’s passions are languages and outdoor excursions. He is fluent in English and is working hard to master German. David has climbed the highest mountains in Cuba and has backpacked throughout many parts of the Cuban countryside.

LIBIES MARTINEZ - HAVANA DIASPORA EXCURSION GUIDE

Libies Martinez is a linguistic scholar who completed her higher education at the University of Havana. She is fluent in English and has used her language skills to secure long-term positions in Cuba as a tour guide, and outside of the island in countries such as Fiji and Suriname. Libies also enjoys knitting and is a skilled hair-braider who is passionate about the history of the African Diaspora.

 
 

Interested in joining the ADA team?

If you’re passionate about what we do and looking for some great volunteer experiences, check out our open positions on our opportunities page.

 

 
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