Dr. Andrew Allen
Faculty of Education


See streaming video below of the 2004 African Diaspora Youth Conference: "Back to Your Future" at the University of Windsor::


And the 2005 conference:


Diaspora conference laying groundwork for youth success

Culture and career goals will be the focus of discussion for approximately 250 young people of African descent as they gather at the University of Windsor today through Saturday to participate in the university’s third annual African Youth Conference,
Pathway to Success.~

Students from Windsor, Detroit and Toronto-area high schools will take advantage of Windsor and Essex County’s rich African-Canadian cultural heritage by visiting venues like the John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum, as well the historic Puce Baptist Church. Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to network and discuss their common experiences and goals as African-Canadian/American students.

“It’s a great opportunity for high school students to experience life on a university campus. We’ve chosen the theme, Pathway to Success, because we see the university experience as an important step to a successful future,” says Novelette Gordon, the conference’s student director. “It’s also important for students to see the impact people of African descent have had on shaping the history of Windsor and Essex County.”

In 2003, the University of Windsor becane the first Canadian university to offer an undergraduate program in diaspora studies. The University of Windsor and the Toronto District School Board signed a memorandum of understanding last year to continue to work to inspire students from the African diaspora to pursue a university education. The university’s participation in this partnership was founded on its concern for issues of social justice, service to Windsor’s African-Canadian population and commitment to serving the needs of its culturally-diverse student population.