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Collins Airihihenbuwa
May 12, 2019
In my last blog on Black Male phobia, I addressed the police fear of the Black male body and raised questions about what we should do to address this form of fear. The challenge of addressing racism rests on us all and there are actions we can begin to take to create healing spaces for...


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Collins Airihihenbuwa
April 30, 2019
At a family gathering over the Easter break, a conversation arose over the various kinds of phobias people have. Of particular interest is when what is feared by one person is treasured by another. There are some kinds of fear for which general acceptance or at least understanding can be assured even by those who...


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Collins Airihihenbuwa
March 23, 2018
To claim your space is to embrace your space, but to own your space is to have a sense of pride in it deep enough to proclaim it and invite others to share in it. To own does not always mean to lay claim to the originality of an idea or the products that result...


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Collins Airihihenbuwa
February 17, 2018
On this Black History Month, I would like to share a blog that I did for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2014. Dec 10, 2014, 9:00 AM, Posted by Collins O.Airhihenbuwa Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH, is professor and head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University. The first RWJF Scholars...


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Collins Airihihenbuwa
January 15, 2018
The recent racist comment on Haiti, El Salvador and African countries by President Trump and subsequent outcry offer many opportunities for a renewed action on this Martin Luther King Jr. day. The reference to African countries, El Salvador and Haiti as “shitholes” has been met with deserved condemnation. Yet, a handful of Africans have responded...


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Collins Airihihenbuwa
December 29, 2017
As we come to the end of the year to begin yet another, the question I would hope we each ask ourselves is: Am I at home with my spirit or have I become a stranger to my soul? The Edos of Nigeria have a saying; “ Ehi mwen su mwen – My spirit leads...


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Collins Airihihenbuwa
November 27, 2017
…Polylogue… voice 2 A young White woman says to her African American peer, “you always say everything on your mind” to which the African American responds, “you never say truly what is on your mind”. This exchange occurred in the early 90s and was shared by a fellow Black professor who was studying how to...


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Collins Airihihenbuwa
November 9, 2017
For more than three decades, I have been on a journey with the mission of creating spaces to bring together people of diverse identities and views to build trust for the purposes of promoting health and well-being. I welcome you to join others and me on the next phase of this  journey at U-RISE. Over...


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