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African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African American Community

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Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Ph.D.

Contact: [email protected]

Who am I?: I am a lover of faith, culture, African diaspora studies, world languages, and social justice. I cross borders, barriers, and barrios to actively engage the work of equity and inclusion. I am a frequent public speaker (see testimonials here) who is energized by presenting research on the African diaspora and diversity. I am also a writer and essayist. Life has given me an abundance of material; therefore, I write about what I see, live, and breathe. I pray that my work will heal divisions and mend brokenness. Click here to read more (biography 2nd paragraph). My work often expounds upon the following topics.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Intergroup dialogues
  • Afro-Latinx and Afro-francophone cultural heritage
  • African-American language learners, world languages, and cultures
  • Women of the African diaspora
  • Lived experiences related to travel, culture, spirituality, women, and people of the African diaspora

Mission: May my work and my voice bring freedom to just one, be it through social justice, academic freedom, literary freedom, spiritual freedom, mental freedom, artistic freedom or otherwise.

Salem College SGA Dedicates Garden/Patio to Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither: Read More

Krishauna featured on "What in the World" Language Podcasts by Jahdai Jeffries.

Why So Fragile? Equity, Justice and deconstructing the White Lens. Disrupting the master narrative (part 2) with Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither

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Voces Invisibles: Disrupting the Master Narrative with Afro-Latina Counterstories with Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither & Liz Torres Melendez.

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Krishauna Publishes Book Chapter

Krishauna published a chapter in the textbook Intercultural Communication for Global Engagement. Her chapter is titled Enacting agency: From culture shock to cultural broker. The full citation follows.

Hines-Gaither, K. (2017). Enacting agency: From culture shock to cultural broker. In R. Williams Davis & A. Patterson-Masuko (Eds.), Intercultural Communication for Global Engagement, (227-233). (2nd Ed.). Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Krishauna in Washington, DC.


Krishauna in New Orleans

Congratulations! We are pleased to notify you that your session submission, 356 - Hispaniola: One Island, Two Countries Divided, has been accepted for inclusion in the ACTFL 2018 program in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 16-18, 2018. (co-presenter Christen Campbell, Chapel Hill)

Krishauna in Virginia

Foreign Language Association of Virginia Fall Conference

October 2018

Presentation Title: A is for Africa: Incorporating Afro-Latino and Afro-Francophone Lessons

Krishauna in Minnesota (virtually)

September 17, 2018 at 6:30pm eastern.

Concordia College, World Language Methodology Class

Krishauna will present on innovative ways to incorporate Afro-Latinx pedagogy and social justice into the world language classroom.

Krishauna speaks to NC Human Relations Departments on Outreach to Underserved Communities

Triad Human Relations Commission Retreat

Location: Salem Lake Marina

Date: August 24, 2018 | 10:00-2:00pm

Title of Krishauna's Talk: Building Inclusive Communities

Join Krishauna's Webinar: ACTFL's Social Justice SIG

June 25, 2018 | 7:00-8:00pm

Title: One Classroom, Many Experiences: Incorporating Social Justice into the World Language Classroom.

Description: The world language classroom is a prime location for incorporating social justice and culturally responsive lessons. The intersections of identity (race, class, religion, and gender, etc.) represented throughout Latin America produce rich pedagogical possibilities for world language educators. This practical webinar will give participants tangible tools for incorporating Afro-Latinx and Afro-Francophone heritage, as well as other social identities. The presenter will offer materials in a fun, dynamic and engaging manner. Learn today, use tomorrow!

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Krishauna featured on Language Latte Podcast

  • Listen to Krishauna's interview with Becky Morales of Language Latte, a podcast for world language teachers.
  • Podcast topic: Krishauna will speak on incorporating social justice, Afro-Latino and Afro-Francophone culture, and diversity into the World Language classroom.

Krishauna at Habitat for Humanity (Greensboro, NC)

Krishauna will conduct a diversity and inclusion training for Habitat for Humanity Leadership Team (CEOs and Directors).

Date: May 29, 2018

Time: 11:00-1:00pm

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

603-B North Elm St

Krishauna at Guilford College, NC

Krishauna gave a presentation to Karen Spira's spanish class on the Afro-Cuban poet, Nicolás Guillén's Motivos de Son.

Date: November 28, 2017

Time: 1:00pm

"Thank you so much for a compelling and enlightening presentation today. You taught my students so much about Nicolás Guillén, and I especially appreciated how you updated his message about black bodies through referencing contemporary movements in Cuba and the Dominican Republic." Dr. Karen Spira

Krishauna in Nashville, TN!

Krishauna will present the following session at the convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: 1597 - Engage African-American Students Through Culturally Responsive Lessons | Nashville, Tennessee, November 17, 2017, 1:15pm

Krishauna in Greensboro, NC!

Krishauna conducted a diversity and inclusion training for Habitat for Humanity Staff.

Date: November 9, 2017

Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

603-B North Elm St

Krishauna in Greensboro, NC

Krishauna and Guilford College community members will present the following presentation: Afro-Latinx Cultural Heritage: Facing Blackness. SEE FLIER

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Location: Guilford College, Founders Hall, Gilmer Room

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Free and open to public

Krishauna in Winston-Salem, NC

Krishauna will facilitate a discussion on the Chalottesville, VA riot to a consortium of local houses of worship. She will offer tools for church leadership to be able to organize similar conversations for their congregations. Organized by Jen Barber, of FREE Life Group. September 18, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm, Agape Faith Church.

Krishauna in Minnesota (virtually)!

September 12, 2017 at 7:30pm eastern.

Concordia College, World Language Methods Class

Krishauna will present on innovative ways to incorporate Afro-Latinx pedagogy and social justice into the world language classroom.

Webinar with Center for Latin American Studies: University of South Florida and Vanderbilt University

Title: Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone Cultural Heritage: Embracing Diversity across Disciplines

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. US EST

Presented by: Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Assistant Professor of Spanish and the Director of Diversity and Inclusiveness at Salem College in North Carolina

Topic: We use Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone research as a bridge to engage diverse learners. This presentation will be multidisciplinary and will have relevance for all disciplines. Participants will leave with a wealth of resources and ideas to implement the next day. Learn more

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Krishauna Co-Authors Afro-Cuban Film Guide: They Are We


They Are We tells the extraordinary story of cultural endurance and reunion between the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, and their ancestral family in a remote village in Sierra Leone. Separated by the brutalities of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the two groups were finally brought together in 2013 by Emma Christopher, who discovered their connection via customary songs and dances. They Are We depicts this reunion and the rich exchanges between Cuban and Sierra Leonean culture.

Krishauna Hines-Gaither, director of diversity and inclusiveness at Salem College, and co-author of the Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies' educator guide for the film, will give introductory remarks. Christopher, currently on the faculty at the University of Sydney in Australia, will remotely give remarks. The film screening will last approximately eighty minutes.

They Are We Film Screening and Discussion |Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 7:30 pm | Shirley Recital Hall, Elberson Fine Arts Center, Salem College

Krishauna as Keynote Speaker

World Language Summit | Winston-Salem State University | September 16, 2016

The Department of World Languages and Cultures in partnership with Enrollment Management/Academic Services at Winston-Salem State University is hosting a World Language Summit on the university's campus. Krishauna will serve as the keynote speaker. As plans unfold more details will be posted.

Join Krishauna's ACTFL Webinar

Host: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (, ACTFL Special Interest Group Educators of African-American Students, Chair Cassandra Glynn

Date/Time: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 12:00pm

Title/Description: Afro-Latino Heritage for the World Language Classroom: This webinar provides an overview of how educators can engage all learners through culturally responsive and critical pedagogy. This webinar provides strategies for incorporating topics of race, class and gender into the world language classroom. Special attention will be given to Afro-Latino cultures. Webinar attendees will leave with a wealth of resources and ideas to use on Monday morning. Examples will be given in English and Spanish.

Krishauna at Salem College: Afro-Latina Presentation


Thank you, Krishauna, for an absolutely fascinating talk this afternoon! I really enjoyed that and found it immensely worthwhile.

Best wishes,

Dr. Traci Porter (Biology Professor)

Testimonial: Te felicito por tu presentación inconmensurable! No solamente has tenido un aforo repleto, sino que además, has conseguido mantener al público totalmente interesado con tu información pero también, tu sentido del humor y la interacción con las alumnas- Dr. Ana León-Távora. 

(I applaud you for an unbelievable presentation! You not only had standing room only, but furthermore you managed to keep the audience completely engaged with your information, but also with your sense of humor and interaction with the students.) Dr. Ana León-Távora.

KHG--You did yourself proud in your presentations (and research)-you were poised, professional, and very much in command of your material. Congratulations!

Dr. Gary Ljungquist (French/Spanish Professor)

Dr. Hines-Gaither,

Fue muy grato verla y felicidades en todos los logros que está cumpliendo. Que Dios la bendiga mucho y que sigan los éxitos!

Con cariño, Angélica Regalado (Former Student)

Kudos on a wonderful presentation of your research. You held your audience completely captive. Enjoyed every moment!

Camellia Cuthrell Perez (Salem College Alum and Spanish Teacher)

Krishauna in the Bronx, New York

Krishauna is making arrangements to present at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, NY on January 31, 2014. Theme: Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity related to the concept of humor: How to navigate humor when interacting with international cultures.

Krishauna at Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University, April 25, 2013 at 7pm. See Promotional Flyer: Ohio Wesleyan.jpg. "I am so glad that Krishauna came to OWU. She provided an exciting and invigorating presentation -- a refreshing repose from the standard academic talk!" Dr. David Walker, OWU

News Features on Krishauna

Speaking Engagements Brochure for World Languages: Krishauna Hines-Gaither-Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements Brochure for Diversity and Inclusion: Krishauna Hines-Gaither-Speaking Engagements

(Kinkaid School.pdf) Click previous link for testimonial from The Kinkaid School, Texas (The year before Krishauna was invited, the Kinkaid speaker was Tony Plana (from television series, Ugly Betty), so needless to say, she was honored to be selected as their speaker the following year.