Afro Hair and Identity

Our Objectives

The main objective of this project to empower parents of mixed-race children to actively accompany their children´s process of identity formation so that they feel proud of their multiple heritages. This includes increasing the awareness of the European mixed-ethnic reality – that Europeans are also dark-skinned, curly-haired, and often partly with ancestry from outside of EU countries. It also includes increasing the self-appreciation amongst minorities with African ancestry in the white-normative societies of the EU. It includes letting mixed people know that skin color is not the defining factor for being European and offering “European” as one possible identity for them.

We will organize a 3-day summer school for parents where at least one parent is of African ancestry. There will be childcare for the children during the event. The overall objective is to support parents in dealing with everyday situations that address the fact that their children are not white and to support them in helping their children grow up feeling proud of their identity. We will use working with hair as our primary method since hair is an important expression of identity and at the same time an easy trigger for conversation.

Afro-Europeans are a minority group in Europe and hence deserve a learning environment where they are among people from their community, so they can feel comfortable in this learning setup. They should feel comfortable applying for the educational program. Hence the horizontal priority of integration and diversity.

Target Groups

We address parents of mixed children where at least one of the parents is of African ancestry. These include immigrants from Africa, America, and people born in the EU.
We also address the staff of Trekstones and WintherSol.


This project was generously funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.
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