Chelsea Hayman

What is the value of folk art, fragmented cultures, and multiculturalism in modern America? How can we integrate the principles and philosophies that underlie indigenous and native cultures to make a concrete change in the ways our society functions? The impetus to change the Western paradigm starts with the basic level of community building, base economic structures, and idea sharing. These concepts are at the heart of cultural sustainability.

As an undergraduate, my research centered around facilitating the connections that already exist in the African Diasporic Community, specifically building upon and aiding links between the African-American Community and the broader African Diaspora. I also have a larger interest in documenting urban art and cultures for the benefit of those individual communities.

I am presently interested in the application of culture in relationship to public policy and social policy.

At UMBC, I majored in Cultural Anthropology and minored in Africana Studies.

I am now interested in how Cultural Sustainability can lead to further community sustainability in urban and suburban areas.

I plan to eventually pursue a PhD in Anthropology, most likely focusing on the Anthropology of Health.


Baltimore, MD



Goucher College MACS Student, UMBC Chapter of Young Alumni


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