You've had this incredible diaspora initiative brewing in your mind, but transforming it into reality seems daunting. The struggle to define, design, and avoid common pitfalls has left you feeling stuck.


Is This You?


You've had this incredible diaspora initiative brewing in your mind, but transforming it into reality seems daunting. The struggle to define, design, and avoid common pitfalls has left you feeling stuck.


Introducing The Diaspora Academy

Embark on a 6-session transformative journey where you'll gain the insights, skills, and strategies to turn your diaspora dreams into a flourishing reality. Led by Semhar Araia, our course is meticulously crafted to address the unique challenges faced by changemakers like you.

Transformation Statement:

In this 6-session online course, you will learn how to successfully identify, define, and design your unique diaspora initiative and avoid the common pitfalls so many diaspora entrepreneurs and organizations face when wanting to support their communities and homelands.

Meet the Diaspora Changemaker

You Might Be a Diaspora Changemaker If:

  • Passionate and Purpose-Driven:
    You feel a deep connection to your roots and are passionate about making a positive impact in your community or homeland.
  • Identify with the Diaspora Experience:
    If you are living that hyphenated life, here and there, then our course is designed for you.

  • Generational Diversity:
    Whether you're a trailblazing first-generation pioneer, a second-generation dynamo, or part of a multigenerational diaspora legacy, this course is crafted with you in mind.

  • Next Generation:
    If you're a next generation leader, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities you face, and our course is tailored to address them effectively.

  • Tech and Social Media Savvy:
    Navigate the digital landscape with confidence! Our course recognizes the power of technology and social media in today's interconnected world.

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit:
    Whether you're already a seasoned entrepreneur or dream of starting your own initiative, our program will empower you with the knowledge and skills to succeed.
  • Education Matters:
    If you value education, either through your professional background or mindset, you'll find our course to be intellectually stimulating and practically beneficial.

Diaspora-Designed Curriculum


Module 1: Understanding The Diaspora and You

The diaspora experience is a multi-faceted journey that is different for everyone. Learn about the foundation that shapes how you will engage with diasporas, including:

  • Understanding what diaspora is and how it shapes communities
  • Where do you start with your diaspora idea?
  • What are your diaspora motivations?

You’ll finish this course with an understanding of diasporas' multi-layered ecosystem and how you can best identify your approach with them.


Module 2: Defining Your Diaspora Vision

With a better understanding of diasporas, the next step is to unpack your ideas and explore them in detail. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the 'why,' 'who,' and 'what' of your initiative.
  • Discover examples of impactful diaspora visions.
  • Uncover entry points for success and long-term goals.

You’ll finish this course with a clearer sense of your long-term vision and change goals.


Module 3: Crafting Your Diaspora Mission with Purpose and Impact

With a clearer vision and purpose, you will be able to shape your mission, target audience and specific goals. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to:

  • Delve into understanding and defining your prime diaspora audience.
  • Explore industry examples for inspiration.
  • Craft a strategy tailored to your unique diaspora goals. 

You’ll finish this lesson with a robust, thoughtful action plan for your diaspora initiative.


Module 4: Designing Your Diaspora Framework for Success

With your vision, mission and goals in tact, you can decide how you want to implement and achieve your goals. In this course, you’ll learn:

  • What kind of organizational entity works best for your goals
  • Potential organizaitonal risks and challenges you may face
  • Assess the pros and cons to help you decide your best course of action

You’ll finish this course with a framework for the diaspora initiative you want to implement.


Module 5: Transforming Your Wins to Long-Term Impact

The final component is to learn how to measure and report on your impact. In this course, you’ll learn:

  • What short-term and long-term impact mean for your diaspora initiative
  • How to report and administer with transparency and accountability
  • How to generate public support and build a reputable brand

You’ll finish this course with a roadmap for the governance and operational considerations you will need to apply.


Why You Can't Afford to Miss This!

Expert Guidance:

Benefit from Semhar Araia's wealth of experience as a policy practicioner, advocate and founder of the Diaspora African Women's Network and the The Diaspora Academy, bringing you real-world insights that go beyond theoretical concepts.

Community Connection:

Engage with a diverse community of like-minded diaspora leaders and changemakers, creating a network that lasts far beyond the course.

Practical Strategies:

Gain actionable strategies and tools to overcome challenges, ensuring your diaspora initiative thrives.

Tailored Curriculum:

Our curriculum is designed with your specific needs in mind, addressing the pain points that have been holding you back.

Global Impact:

Join a movement of diaspora changemakers contributing to positive diaspora impact everywhere.