Modern-Day Griot Project

Title of Modern-Day Griot Porject with green and red graphics at the bottom
This project is now run by Office of Student Experience & Wellbeing at the University of Toronto Scarborough; and the content will be moved to another webpage soon

Are you a Modern-Day Griot? 

The Modern-Day Griot Project is a Black, community-led collaboration between community partner Shellene Drakes-Tull of 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).

Learn more about the project here.

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. Apply here today. 

The deadline for submission is extended to Monday, October 25, 2021.

Have questions about the Modern-Day Griot Project?
Schedule a 20 minute chat with Shellene 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