Bara Mbengue

Bara Mbengue

Wolof Language Instructor
Bara Mbengue

Bara is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS) at UMass Amherst. He is also a Research Enhancement and Leadership fellow (REAL). His research explores the Idealized Performance of Black and Brown students in private elite Independent schools and the interconnectedness of Sufi Islam and Education in the French post-colonial world. Bara received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Studies and French Literature from the University of Oregon, where he was also a McNair scholar. While he was in Oregon, he coordinated with the International Studies department to help train students who were preparing to study abroad in Senegal, taught them Wolof and cultural awareness to help with their integration in his native country. After Oregon, he went to graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned a Master of Arts in French Postcolonial Studies. Following graduation, he taught French in the suburb of Seattle at Emerald Ridge High School and represented the school in the district wide Cultural diversity committee. After two years, he moved to Massachusetts and continued his teaching profession at Cushing Academy, an independent boarding school in Ashburnham, for three years. At Cushing, he continued his work on diversity, equity and inclusion by participating in workshops and professional development such as the Diversity Leadership Institute in Virginia (DLI) with the National Association of Independent School (NAIS). Bara also attended the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in 2016, 2017, and 2018, where he was a facilitator of the International Affinity Group for 2 years. At the PoCC, in 2018, he co-presented a workshop titled Bridging the Divide between African American and Afro -Caribbean Students.

 

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