The Youth Bridge Foundation, (YBF) is honored to represent Ghana and host Fulbright U.S. Scholar and Spencer Foundation Grant Awardee, Professor Hakim Williams as he embarks on cross-continental research on Decolonial Peace and Justice.
The visit is one of the many engagements the Foundation facilitates with academia and development partners globally. Currently, the Foundation has hosted and worked with visiting professors from Dalhousie University, University of North Carolina, Cornell University, University of South Carolina, and the University of Ghana.
Professor Williams will work with the Youth Bridge Research Institute, the research wing of the Foundation to not only deepen youth-related research in Ghana but also offer an excellent platform to amplify the rich stories, and fantastic work of black youth-focused organizations across Africa and the African diaspora.
About the Research
The project entitled “Decolonial Peace and Justice Education: A Transatlantic Study of Four Afro-centric, Youth-based Organizations” is funded by the Fulbright Commission and the Spencer Foundation. The project is in response to persistent globalized anti-blackness and is an effort to document creative education that centers pride in Black culture among Black youth. He will spend about 3 months in each of four countries: Jamaica, Ghana, Brazil, and the USA. The four organizations he will work with are The Ashe Company (Jamaica), Youth Bridge Foundation (Ghana), Steve Biko Institute (Brazil), and Project South (USA). He intends to write a book about this comparative study and create a 10-minute mini-documentary.
Biography of Professor Hakim Williams
Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, born and raised in Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago, is the inaugural Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach Professor & Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Gettysburg College; he is also an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, an affiliate in Education, and advisory committee member in International & Global Studies, Public Policy, and Civil War Era Studies. He adjuncts in the conflict resolution/mediation program at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has taught at Drexel University, the European Peace University, and the University of San Francisco.