Dr Africa has been working with diverse populations such as people with disabilities, racial, sexual, and gender minorities her entire career. She has created educational workshops and seminars on issues impacting these populations, particularly the layered issues of sexism, racism, heterosexism, and transphobia.
Racism and Homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and this time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives there. See whose face it wears.”
-Audre Lourde, African American author, lesbian, civil rights activist
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
As a sexual, gender and racial minority, Dr. Africa has a deep understanding of the power in-differences woven throughout our culture and the impact those in-differences can have on cultural minorities to include racial minorities, LGBTQI, people with disabilities, and women. Counseling must address these issues and help individuals cope with the reality of these in-differences. Dr. Africa also assists families develop a greater awareness of and learn to accept and respect the uniqueness of their loved ones.