Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Psy.D.
Dr. Reese has served as the Associate Director of the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy in New York City, the founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Ethnicity, and the Ombudsperson for the Rockefeller Foundation.
He has over 50 years’ experience in the fields of implicit bias, race relations and diversity, inclusion and equity strategy. Dr. Reese is a highly sought after national and international speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education, healthcare, not-for-profit organizations, and the corporate environment. His over 100 consultations include implicit bias workshops for over 50 colleges and universities in North America, as well as the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Justice Department. He has provided invited addresses and workshops on various diversity and inclusion topics at Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the University of Adelaide in South Australia, and the University
of East London and Coventry University in the United Kingdom, as well as presentations in Ireland, China, Haiti, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Argentina, Brazil, and Bermuda.
He has represented both the International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health (non-governmental organizations) at the United Nations. Dr. Reese is a past president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and served on its founding board. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. He is a member of the North Carolina Advisory Board of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and is a Board Member of The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Dr. Reese has garnered numerous awards and citations. In 2016, the North Carolina Business
Journal awarded him their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of 50 years of leadership in the areas of race relations and diversity.
Heidi Østbø Haugen
Heidi Østbø Haugen holds a PhD in Human Geography and is Professor of China Studies at the University of Oslo. She pioneered studies of Chinese migration to Africa with fieldwork among Chinese entrepreneurs in Cape Verde in 2003, published in the article “On the edge of the Chinese diaspora.” Her subsequent research has focused on trade and migration between West Africa and China and how flows of people, goods, and money are interrelated. Her ongoing project funded by the European Research Council – Brokering China’s Extraversion – examines processes that establish and reinforce transnational linkages from South China to the world. Haugen has previously served on the executive board of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC) and has been a visiting scholar at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.
Dr. Adam Abdul-Rahaman
Dr. Bright Nkrumah
Dr. Bright Nkrumah, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Xiangyang Normal University, China, Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Xian International Studies University, China, and a PhD in Chinese Linguistic (Specialized in the studies of modern Chinese characters) from Northwest University, China. Dr. Nkrumah is currently a lecturer of Chinese language at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Ghana. Dr. Nkrumah’s principal research interests lie in the fields of teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Chinese Education in Africa Higher Education , teaching and acquisition of Chinese modern Characters, he has present his research findings in International Chinese Conferences around the world , places like the Princeton university U.S.A, Lancaster university U.K, Hunan city university ,University of Cape Coast ,E.t.c, He has a very rich experience in Chinese language teaching and research.
Seyram Avle [pronounced saiy-ram ahv-leh] is Assistant Professor of Global Digital Media in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for African Studies and an Adjunct Researcher at the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Ghana.
Her research focuses on digital technology cultures and innovation across parts of Africa, China, and the United States. This work primarily takes a critical approach towards understanding how digital technologies are made and used, as well as their implications for issues of labor, identity, and futures.
Dr. Avle’s research is interdisciplinary and has been published in venues across Communication Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, and Science & Technology Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and her undergraduate degrees from Brandeis University. Her research has been funded by various institutions, including the National Science Foundation.
Former Members Of The Board
Jamie Monson, PhD
Jamie Monson is Director of the African Studies Center and Professor of History at Michigan State University. A recognized researcher and scholar, Monson’s efforts have established her as a pioneer in China-Africa development studies. Her book, Africa’s Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania, explores the TAZARA railway, which was built with Chinese development aid in the 1970s. Monson’s most recent project is a forthcoming book titled Looking East: Africa’s Historical Engagement with China. She is also creating a documentary film based on life histories of TAZARA railway workers in Tanzania, Zambia and China. Monson serves as Chairman of the Board of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC) and is currently heading a new global initiative, “Building Trans-regional Connections Among Africa, Asia and Latin America,” that seeks to establish new scholarly paradigms for international studies.