The African Working Group (AWG), is a group of students, faculty and alumni interested in peace and conflict studies on the African continent housed in NSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS).
On March 15, the AWG hosted a facilitated discussion with the Karibu African Nights, an African diaspora group in South Florida. The theme was, “Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers.” Ismael Muvingi, Ph.D., associate professor of conflict resolution and African studies in the department of conflict analysis and resolution (DCAR) is the AWG faculty advisor. He was a co-coordinator of the meeting and a lead discussant for one of the panels. DCAR doctoral student Rose Onyegbula presented the AWG objectives and activities.
The discussion focused on the lack of adequate collaboration, support, and interaction between the people of the African Diaspora. Participants noted numerous misconceptions and lack of knowledge about each other’s histories among Africans in the Diaspora. The immediate objective was the discussion and the building of awareness among the participants. The longer term objectives are to initiate collaborative projects in the economic, social and academic spheres.