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Afro, Putagee, or Indian?: An Examination of Race and LGBTQ+ Identity Georgetown, Guyana

The Program:

This Alternative Break will examine the intersection of race and sexuality in Guyana and more broadly, in the West Indies. This program will allow participants to make connections between the US and Guyana, while also understanding the complexities of race and sexuality in the West Indies. Rather than attempting to “fix” these deeply systemic issues, this program attempts to educate participants on an issue in an area of the world that is often left out of social justice discussions. 

 Day 1: Arrive in Guyana in morning Arrive at Kanhai's Center of Excellence hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. Settle in/ refresh time. Debrief over lunch provided at the hotel about car ride observations from the airport to the hotel. Pose beginning questions. Visit and discuss with community organization A about LGBTQ+ status in Guyana. Dinner 

Day 2: Breakfast- opening The Museum of African Heritage Debrief on museum Lunch in town Visit University of Guyana and speak to professor and their student academics on ethnic conflict Meet with Guyanese representative from Department of Culture Dinner 

Day 3: Breakfast and schedule for the day Community partner B visit and discussion Lunch with local family at their home (Brandan’s Aunt) Discussion points: Perception of ethnic-conflict from family. Ability to access ownership in society based off of racial background. Visit Cheddi Jagan’s House (Museum) 

Day 4: SASOD Day Service Day with a community partner based off of the needs of the community partner Discussion Points 

Day 5: Essequibo visit Ferry Ride to Island (Breakfast on the go. Food items available for purchase on ferry) Visit RIVAH - discussion about gender- and sex- based violence in Guyana (rural areas) Ethnic Lunch with community members Take evening ferry ride back to Georgetown Debrief about day once back at hotel 

Day 6: Breakfast University of Guyana visit Discussion of LGBTQIA+ identity in Guyana Meeting with campus organizations Meeting with professors that focus on ethic conflict and gender and sexuality Lunch on campus Continuing morning work Dinner in Georgetown 

Day 7: Breakfast and debrief Flight out (pending flights)

Quick Facts

Destination: Georgetown, Guyana
Dates: Spring Break, March 10-17, 2018
Cost: $1,500
Advisor: TBD
Cost Includes: Airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, admission fees, travel insurance, guides and administration fees.
cost does NOT include visas and immunizations if needed.


Meet Your Student Leaders!

Brandan Persaud is a senior studying Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and is also getting certificates in Community-Based Research and Advanced Leadership Studies. He is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and working with others to continue building environments focused on inclusion. 

"After traveling to Guyana to visit family several times in the past, I am beyond excited to lead an alternative break where I we will look at racial conflict and LGBTQ+ status in Guyana, but more broadly in the West Indies." 

Karla Palmer is a junior in the School of Public Affairs studying Political Science with a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. She is excited to lead an Alternative Break to Guyana in order to promote greater awareness of racial differences and LGBTQIA+ status in the West Indies. 

 "Being of Jamaican and Thomian descent, I am excited to learn more about how these systems of power and privilege present themselves in other West Indian societies."