Modern-Day Griot Project

Title of Modern-Day Griot Porject with green and red graphics at the bottom


Are you a Modern-Day Griot? Watch this video and this pdf to learn more about this project made by our community partner and facilitator, Shellene Drakes-Tull!

The Modern-Day Griot Project is a Black, community-led collaboration between community partner Sweet Lime Communications, U of T Scarborough students, U of T Scarborough's Departments of Arts, Culture & Media, Health & Society, and the Office of Student Experience & Wellbeing. Modern-Day Griot is designed to support Black UTSC students grow the skills to showcase the strength and beauty of Black communities and create open space for healing and sharing, using the principles of Nguzo Saba: Imani (spiritual), Kuumba (creative), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Nia (purpose), Ujima (responsibility), Umoja (unity), and Ujamaa (cooperation and collective advancement).

This program is free and open to UTSC students with lived experiences in Black communities and with anti-Black racism.

A note from our community partner and facilitator, Shellene Drakes-Tull:
Our lived experiences as Black people shape how we see the world—and ourselves. But is how we see ourselves a true representation? Our communities are full of stories of Black excellence and strength.

The stories are in us and in our communities—now we need to raise our voices. Apply now for a chance to be a part of this incredible virtual project!

Project Application
This application is an opportunity for you to share your authentic story, one that centers your goals, hopes, dreams, questions and lived experiences.
To access the application form available through Microsoft Forms click here.

The deadline for submission is extended to Friday, Feb 12th, 2021.

Have questions about the Modern-Day Griot Porject?
Schedule a 20 minute chat with Shellene by clicking here

Access is at the root of this project. If we can support your learning and development in any way by providing accommodations or changes to this process, we would be happy to work alongside you to ensure equitable access. Please email