Research at the Urban Griot Collaborative
(UGC) is grounded in culture and tradition to drive innovation.
Drawing inspiration from Sankofa
symbol meaning 'Return and Fetch it', i.e. return and fetch your past),
we look back to the roots of our humanity to better understand the present moment and guide us into the future.
By bridging diasporic communities and academia, we tap into the deep and rich potential of our collective trans-African
heritage to impact the fields of arts, science, education, and technology. Here, we're not just conducting
research; we're worldbuilding by weaving a tapestry of diverse cultural perspectives to address some of
today's most pressing challenges. Learn more about our areas of research
The artistic, cultural and technical outputs of this work include a range of publications, experiences, products, corpora, resources and tools for:
- Diaspora Communities (parents, children, families) - to build community by preserving and revitalizing our intangible cultural heritage
- Education Practitioners (teachers, leaders, researchers) - to bring about transformational impact from Pre-K to Higher Ed through co-design
- Creative Collaborators (artists, students, community partners) - to promote expression, lifelong learning and offer employment opportunities