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Under the Baobab — Student Edition: Managing Mental Health

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What can Afro student associations do to help combat mental health challenges and enhance the Afro student experience?

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Students of Afro descent come from across the world and have different lived experiences. We come together to share resources and methods on how to talk and deal with mental health challenges. Afro Students networks and associations are actively trying to help their members prior to Covid-19 and even more so during. At Omek we want to enhance this and give voice to the challenges that Afro students face that may go unnoticed in academic institutions.

Under the Baobab: Afro Student Edition invites representatives and members from some of the major Afro student associations in the Netherlands and across Europe to come together and share their visions and ideas for future mental health strategies.

The discussions will revolve around the question: Has your mental health been affected over the course of the last 18 months? What strategies/resources have you used to overcome your challenges

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  • Opening remarks by Omek
  • Opening remarks by representatives of some of the different Afro Student networks and a Mental health professional.
  • Breakout Sessions: in smaller groups, students from different universities exchange on the Black student experience and how it can look like in the future
  • Plenary Discussion: recap of key points discussed in the breakout rooms and introduction to future events as part of Omek's student programs.

About Under the Baobab

Convening Under The Baobab is a tradition that has been, and continues to be, practiced in numerous African communities. Often referenced in African literature as a sacred space, this magnificent tree serves as a meeting place for the community where thoughts and lessons are shared.

Africa’s history and contribution to human civilization were erased from world history and books. Technological advancement and scientific discoveries have made it possible to uncover facts about the continent’s true history.

Now with the new generation of Africans in the diaspora growing in affluence and their quest for cultural identity and social justice, there is a greater need for learning African history and changing the social narrative. Each month, we will meet to explore one of the many themes introduced and presented by a community member.

Past themes have included “How Culture Informs Craft”, “Past, Present, Future of African Diaspora Health and Wellness” and “Black Lives Matter Movement: Beyond Borders”.

“I am so grateful — by means of the universe — I stumbled upon your organization and was part of this beautiful discussion. I gained so much hope and knowledge and can’t wait to go forward from here.”
— Dayna Smith

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