Young Brown Scholars

Young Brown Scholars

Aug 28, 2019 - Voices

Dr Michelle Johansson presents ten pieces of advice for young brown scholars, as well as ten pieces of advice for the teachers of young brown scholars. With a focus on performing arts, Michelle highlights the tendency for the success of Pasifika peoples in this area to be devalued, where practices stemming from deep and intrinsic cultural literacies may be mislabeled as "natural" abilities.

Theatre director and playwright, doctoral scholar, educationalist, and a former high school dropout, Michelle is currently Programme Director at Ako Mātātupu. Michelle is passionate about South Auckland Pasifika education, and a staunch advocate for the breaking down of stereotypes through performance.

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