Course: Cross-Cultural Understanding in Conflict Resolution
Research interests: migration studies, cultural and media studies, Black Studies, gender and sexual politics, and AfroCaribbean approaches to social justice, conflict resolution, environmental stewardship, and healing.
Alaí Reyes-Santos, PhD, is a professor of Ethnic Studies at University of Oregon, founder of the ceremonial space Ilé Estrella de los Mares, and an equity and inclusion consultant. She is the author of Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal Antilles (Rutgers University Press, 2015).
Her manuscript-in-progress, Oceanic Whispers, Secrets She Never Told, intervenes in conversations about restorative justice and community healing through a Black Caribbean epistemological lens. Her ongoing research project with Dr. Ana-Maurine Lara, titled Decolonizing Knowledge: AfroIndigenous Caribbean Women Healers, will showcase healers and their ethnobotanical resources through an open-access digital archive.
As a consultant, Dr. Reyes-Santos has worked with the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Northwest Youth Corps, School Garden Project, Non-Profit Association of Oregon, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, and Mobilize Green. She has also served on MRG Foundation's Board of Directors and intercultural education initiatives in Centro Bono's migrant justice programs in the Dominican Republic.
An award-winning teacher, Dr. Reyes-Santos recently received the 2015 Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a high priestess and tradition keeper of Caribbean Regla de Osha, an Afro-descendant ceremonial practice that survived through cross-cultural exchanges in the islands. Her pedagogical practice draws from her ceremonial training in order to foster open conversations about social violence, power, and solidarity.
She received her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez; and her MA and Phd from the University of California, San Diego. She has lived in Oregon since 2005.