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About Global Academics

Global Academic was founded by Dr. Siri Brown who has been teaching and leading tours for over 15 years. She is a professor of African American and Ethnic Studies at Merritt College and U.C. Berkeley. Her areas of expertise and passion are on African communities in the diaspora and the means in which African people have used culture and resistance as a means of maintaining self-determination. Equally important to her are the manner in which African cultural traditions have blended with indigenous and colonial cultures as is evident in the powerful influence African culture has had and continues to have in Latin America. As a guide, Dr. Brown has developed in depth relationships with amazingly talented artists and committed activists and has fostered those relationships over years. Her contacts make her tours more personal and the learning more in depth. Her aim is to create “learning that lasts a lifetime” as she sees immersion travel as the most powerful way to come into a respectful understanding of traditional knowledge and culture.

Our Mission & Specialty

Our mission is to provide the most in-depth cultural immersion travel related services to fulfill your research, grant and study abroad objectives. The most unique aspect of our service is that we have years of experience in the countries and local communities you will visit. This depth of experience has resulted in relationships with internationally known Black artists, academics, intellectuals, and community leaders who you will meet, learn from and enjoy during your time abroad with Global Academics. We specialize in pre-organized groups including organizations who plan annual meetings abroad, college classes with faculty derived learning objectives, youth organizations who seek globalizing experiences and more. Examples of groups we have led include; taking medical doctors to Cuba to learn about healthcare practices, DEI groups who seek a global understanding about race and identity, and college classes that want to deepen their understanding of the African presence in Latin America.

Promoting Culturally and Environmentally Conscious Travel

Our tours are purposeful in supporting locally owned hotels, guides, producers of culture and the environment. Along the way you will learn about how to travel in a manner that supports your sustainability and community empowerment beliefs.

Global Academics is a 501©3 organization that creates opportunities for underserved African American youth to engage in immersion learning and self-discovery through travel to Africa, the Caribbean and Afro communities in Latin America.

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