MY WORK AND PROJECTS
My portfolio showcases a handful of my research projects, public conversations, and more. Take a look to get a sense of my skills, experience and approach. To learn more about a specific project, feel free to contact me directly.
Public Comment on Docket ID No. OMB–2023–0001, Initial Proposals For Updating OMB’s Race and Ethnicity Statistical Standards
I’m opposed to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) planned revisions to Directive No.15: Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race & Ethnicity published in the Federal Register, and call on OMB to develop and test new questionnaire items that clearly communicate the information asked of respondents. The directive itself is limited in capturing the complexity of the United States’ demographic makeup and proposed changes would further confuse and conflate race with ethnicity and nationality. This ultimately makes it more challenging to disaggregate and utilize data that capture the presence, experiences, and needs of marginalized groups and subgroups. OMB must move beyond minimum requirements for racial and ethnic data standards by providing clear, accessible definitions and examples of race, ethnicity, and nationality and corresponding self-response questions that “ensure our ability to compare information and data across Federal agencies, and also to understand how well Federal programs serve a diverse America.” (White House, 2022).
You can read my full public comment here. You can also review the alternative Census questionnaire items I proposed here.
Devaluation Of Black Women’s Lives And Labor Almost Disappeared Brittney Griner
Scholar and founder of Diaspora Praxis, Dr. Nana Afua Yeboah explains how Brittney Griner’s story is an example of human rights violations against Black migrants during conflict and crisis.
Read more on Essence's Website
The Transforming African Feminist Funding Ecosystem
The following desk review was conducted to provide insight into the current state of African feminist and women’s rights organising and movements and the responses and advocacy of feminist funders to prevailing issues and needs identified.
Read more on my Medium site.
Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender and Sexuality: A Conversation with Dr. Halimah DeShong
An innovative, timely overview and examination of feminist research practice across the Caribbean, the recently published "Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender and Sexuality" honors and brings together the practices and perspectives of multiple Caribbean-based and diasporic researchers and activists. On Monday, October 25, 2021, the book's co-editor, Her Excellency Dr. Halimah DeShong, was in conversation with Nana Brantuo, independent Black transnational feminist scholar, advocate, and writer. Dr. DeShong currently serves as Second Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations in the US and Senior Lecturer and Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Cave Hill.
Watch the conversation on YouTube.
“We're All Connected Through Literature”: A Conversation With Sylvia Arthur, The Founder Of The Library Of Africa And The African Diaspora
In the Wake of the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora’s inaugural symposium in April, AMAKA speaks to founder Sylvia Arthur to learn about her lifelong love for reading and her unexpected journey from book collector to library founder and activist.
Read my interview with Sylvia Arthur at AMAKA.Studio
EVENT FLYERS AND GRAPHICS
Below are a selection of event flyers and graphics I've created over the years.