United Nations NGO
Kappa Delta Pi’s decision to affiliate with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) came to fruition January 11, 2010, when Executive Director Faye Snodgress signed an agreement after Kappa Delta Pi’s application for Association with DPI was accepted. Each NGO identifies only one interest on its accreditation application. KDP designated Education from 46 categories, including children, youth, women, families, conflict resolution, social development, poverty, and human rights.
KDP joining the NGO community at the UN is a major step in globalizing its impact on educational settings around the world. Since establishing its first international chapter in Canada in 1981, KDP has expanded its resources to provide services to chapter counselors and members throughout the world. The recent survey to identify members’ experiences and dispositions regarding global education is another step toward internationalizing KDP. As an NGO affiliated with both the UN and the Committee on Teaching about the UN (CTAUN), KDP is positioned to raise awareness and collaborate for global learning.
In 2015 the United Nations embarked upon an International Decade for People of African Descent. The aim is to provide recognition, justice, and development for people of African diaspora. One panel debate, "Self-Representation as a Strategy to Fight Racism", brought to discussion the importance, and history, of the depiction of racial minority groups within media, education and nationalism. The discussion of the impact upon self-awareness, due to ascribed representation by a dominant culture, shed light upon how institutional racism may embed itself into a national psyche. Speakers such as Fab Five Freddy, Raull Santiago and Macdala Prévot illustrated the many ways racial minority groups were portrayed in media and withheld from self-portrayal save for supporting roles and to enforce stereotype. The crux of the argument rested upon the power of a group speaking and representing itself, rather than being assigned a role by a dominant group. The debate was impassioned, critical and thoughtful - leveraging history as a backdrop for the evolution of the struggle for self-representation. Panelists such as Raull Santiago and Fab Five Freddy acted as pioneers of self-representation by using popular mediums, such as Yo! MTV Raps and YouTube channels, to deliver their message.
A second panel, entitled "Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism Against People of African Descent Worldwide", explored issues of racism from multiple perspectives and constructs. This, open to the public, panel featured Ms. Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter, Mr. Christian Ahlund, Chair of the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance and moderated by Mr. Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office. The panel highlighted and discussed instances of racism ranging from police shootings to sports behaviors. The supportive panel from around the world passionately spoke of how race, racism and intolerance effects the global society and offered to stand together against injustice. The pinnacle of the panel discussion came near the end with the question of how to eliminate injustice? The profound question was the elephant in the room moment, with the public audience vocalizing their thoughts, organizations and frustrations over the perceived lack of substantial action. The panel was called to a close, yet it was clear that the audience was not satisfied with a mere recounting of the issues - the audience, by and large, demanded to hear of measures that were being taken.