Service without Saviors: Decolonizing Development Work in West Africa

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Join Nialena Ali and Brittni Howard from Star Service & Study Abroad for an interactive teach-in as we dive into the pervasive world of interning abroad and resurface with solutions on how to do it ethically, mindfully and meaningfully with the right organizations.

The Dalai Lama once said, “our primary purpose in life is to help people...and if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them.” Unfortunately as globalization increases, and more students take off to volunteer and intern abroad, more black and brown communities around the world are experiencing the harmful impact of Western initiatives to “help.” Whether building wells, painting schools, or working in orphanages, people from the global north are praised for implementing short-term projects in communities they don’t belong to and addressing issues they don’t fully understand. However, these projects often interrupt economies, curtail local labor and most notably, perpetuate histories of dependency, exploitation and colonialism.

Learn more about Star Service & Study Abroad and the event at

Monday, February 10 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, Community Room
2 Dunlap Place, South Hadley, MA

Event Type

Gatherings & Meetings

Event Topic

Diversity & Inclusion, Social Justice

Event Audience


Association of Pan-African Unity (APAU)
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