Meet Nicole Richards Diop

Nicole Richards Diop grew up in Rochester, NY with her parents Roger Richards and Rose Merrell. Her parents were both educators who she traveled with to places like Kenya, Egypt, France, and the Netherlands. Nicole attended Columbia University where she completed her Master’s Degree in African American studies. While pursuing her Ph.D. she married, Moustapha Diop, and soon after she gave birth to their son, Frederick Diop.

In 2020 Nicole’s Mother lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Before Nicole’s mother passed away she
made a promise to her that she would build a school in her honor and she was determined to keep that
promise. This is where Rose Pan African Education was born.

About Rose Pan Education:

Rose Pan African Education Inc is a nonprofit based in New York and
dedicated to strengthening the educational foundation and outcomes for black people on a global scale.
Did you know that only 6.2% of study abroad programs are in Africa and 6.4% of those students are
black? The main goal of this organization is to enhance arts education for Black youth by increasing the
number of Black students studying abroad in West Africa.

Nicole’s mission for Rose Pan African Education is to:

1)      Cultivate confidence and growth by crafting Black diasporic curriculums for Black youth that
supplement traditional classroom pedagogies.
2)     To provide creative, academic, and service-learning programs that connect Black diasporic and
anti-racist communities to Black African communities.

The Rose Pan African Education Inc will be hosting a Global Black Summer Institute this summer for college and Post College graduates.

The program will be led by prominent Afro artist-scholars giving the students the opportunity to study, produce art, and engage in a local service project. There will be programs available in 2024 with scholarship opportunities available.


While they are passionate about studying abroad for Black youth/diasporic youth, they are
equally dedicated to youth education in African communities.

The Rose Pan African Education Inc is currently developing a primary school called, The Rose School for Senegalese K-5 graders living in the fishing villages on the outskirts of Dakar Senegal, which
will open its doors in 2023. A part of their Global Black Summer Institute program will be
servicing this school development—cultivating a garden and an art installation for the
a primary school that will beautify the children’s educational surroundings while also being a
source for their daily breakfast and lunch

If you would like to apply to this program, please send your application to rosepanafrica@gmail.com. With a short personal statement, a cv/resume, and reference contact email, or visit their website rosepanafricaneducation.org for more information.

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