Kesho Scott

Kesho Scott
Associate Professor

She is an internationally renowned Diversity Trainer/Consultant, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology at Grinnell College, and an award-winning writer.  Kesho was a founding member of International Capacity Building Services, a cultural competency training team that specializes in facilitating both “unlearning isms” and Human Rights workshops as well various seminars and training programs that have been successfully adapted for audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In over two decades of developing unlearning racism work, Kesho has led hundreds of professional and community-based workshops; she has been keynote speaker for national conferences as well as a participant on several dozen national and local radio debates, discussions and public service announcements.  Grounded in this extensive experience, Kesho developed an “affirmative duty” technique for facilitating unlearning racism workshops.  It is a method that helps shift participants’ awareness, commitment and skill-set toward being actively and personally anti-racist and anti-sexist, rather than remaining merely passive observers.

Education / degrees

B.A. Sociology, Wayne State University, 1974 M.A. Political Sociology, University of Detroit, 1975 Ph.D. American Studies, University of Iowa, 1988

Media mentions

The World Cup (of Cyclocross) Comes to Iowa

Iowa Public Radio - September 19, 2016 

Groundbreaking 1968 pageant proved black is beautiful

Molly Vorwerck /  U.S.A. Today / February 15, 2018 

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