African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African-American Community


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Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Ph.D.



Who am I?: I am a lover of faith, culture, African diaspora studies, world languages, and social justice. I cross borders, barriers, and barrios to actively engage the work of equity and inclusion. I am a frequent public speaker (see testimonials here) who is energized by presenting research on the African diaspora and diversity. I am also a writer and essayist. Life has given me an abundance of material; therefore, I write about what I see, live, and breathe. I pray that my work will heal divisions and mend brokenness. Click here to read more (biography 2nd paragraph). My work often expounds upon the following topics. 

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Intergroup dialogues
  • Afro-Latinx and Afro-francophone cultural heritage
  • African-American language learners, world languages, and cultures
  • Women of the African diaspora
  • Lived experiences related to travel, culture, spirituality, women, and people of the African diaspora

Mission: May my work and my voice bring freedom to just one, be it through social justice, academic freedom, literary freedom, spiritual freedom, mental freedom, artistic freedom or otherwise. 

Salem College SGA Dedicates Garden/Patio to Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither: Read More

Krishauna Publishes Book Chapter

Krishauna published a chapter in the textbook Intercultural Communication for Global Engagement. Her chapter is titled Enacting agency: From culture shock to cultural broker. The full citation follows.

Hines-Gaither, K. (2017). Enacting agency: From culture shock to cultural broker. In R. Williams Davis & A. Patterson-Masuko (Eds.), Intercultural Communication for Global Engagement, (227-233). (2nd Ed.). Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Krishauna Facilitating Student Dialogue on Diversity & Inclusion


Krishauna in New Orleans

Congratulations! We are pleased to notify you that your session submission, 356 - Hispaniola: One Island, Two Countries Divided, has been accepted for inclusion in the ACTFL 2018 program in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 16-18, 2018. (co-presenter Christen Campbell, Chapel Hill)

Krishauna in Virginia

Foreign Language Association of Virginia Fall Conference
October 2018
Presentation Title: A is for Africa: Incorporating Afro-Latino and Afro-Francophone Lessons

Krishauna in Minnesota (virtually)

September 17, 2018 at 6:30pm eastern.
Concordia College, World Language Methodology Class
Krishauna will present on innovative ways to incorporate Afro-Latinx pedagogy and social justice into the world language classroom.

Krishauna speaks to Human Relations Departments from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Lexington, High Point, and Alamance municipalities

Triad Human Relations Commission Retreat

Location: Salem Lake Marina

Date: August 24, 2018 | 10:00-2:00pm

Title of Krishauna's Talk: Building Inclusive Communities

Join Krishauna's Webinar: ACTFL's Social Justice SIG

June 25, 2018 | 7:00-8:00pm
Title: One Classroom, Many Experiences: Incorporating Social Justice into the World Language Classroom.

Description: The world language classroom is a prime location for incorporating social justice and culturally responsive lessons. The intersections of identity (race, class, religion, and gender, etc.) represented throughout Latin America produce rich pedagogical possibilities for world language educators. This practical webinar will give participants tangible tools for incorporating Afro-Latinx and Afro-Francophone heritage, as well as other social identities. The presenter will offer materials in a fun, dynamic and engaging manner. Learn today, use tomorrow!

Here’s the registration link:

Krishauna featured on Language Latte Podcast

  • Listen to Krishauna's interview with Becky Morales of Language Latte, a podcast for world language teachers. 
  • Podcast topic: Krishauna will speak on incorporating social justice, Afro-Latino and Afro-Francophone culture, and diversity into the World Language classroom. 

Krishauna at Habitat for Humanity (Greensboro, NC)

Krishauna will conduct a diversity and inclusion training for Habitat for Humanity Leadership Team (CEOs and Directors). 

Date: May 29, 2018

Time: 11:00-1:00pm

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

603-B North Elm St

Krishauna at Guilford College, NC

Krishauna gave a presentation to Karen Spira's spanish class on the Afro-Cuban poet, Nicolás Guillén's Motivos de Son.

Date: November 28, 2017

Time: 1:00pm

"Thank you so much for a compelling and enlightening presentation today.  You taught my students so much about Nicolás Guillén, and I especially appreciated how you updated his message about black bodies through referencing contemporary movements in Cuba and the Dominican Republic." Dr. Karen Spira

Krishauna in Nashville, TN!

Krishauna will present the following session at the convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: 1597 - Engage African-American Students Through Culturally Responsive Lessons | Nashville, Tennessee, November 17, 2017, 1:15pm

Krishauna in Greensboro, NC!

Krishauna conducted a diversity and inclusion training for Habitat for Humanity Staff. 

Date: November 9, 2017

Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

603-B North Elm St

Krishauna in Durham, NC!


Session Title: ¡Fuera de aqui?!: School-Community Partnerships as Platform for Language Learning|Schedule: Friday 1:30-2:20|Presenter: Krishauna Hines-Gaither

Session Title: A is for Africa: Incorporating Afro-Latino & Afro-Francophone Lessons|Presenter: Krishauna Hines-Gaither|Schedule: Friday 4:00-4:50

Krishauna in Greensboro, NC

Krishauna and Guilford College community members will present the following presentation: Afro-Latinx Cultural Heritage: Facing Blackness. SEE FLIER

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Location: Guilford College, Founders Hall, Gilmer Room

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Free and open to public.

Krishauna in Winston-Salem, NC

Krishauna will facilitate a discussion on the Chalottesville, VA riot to a consortium of local houses of worship. She will offer tools for church leadership to be able to organize similar conversations for their congregations. Organized by Jen Barber, of FREE Life Group. September 18, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm, Agape Faith Church.

Krishauna in Minnesota (virtually)!

September 12, 2017 at 7:30pm eastern.
Concordia College, World Language Methods Class
Krishauna will present on innovative ways to incorporate Afro-Latinx pedagogy and social justice into the world language classroom.

Krishauna in Columbus, Missouri

Conference of the College Language Association
The 77th annual convention will be held April 5-8, 2017 at the University of Missouri.
Paper Title: Spiritual Prostitution: Feminist Dimensions of Santos-Febres' Our Lady of the Night

Webinar with Center for Latin American Studies: University of South Florida and Vanderbilt University

Title: Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone Cultural Heritage: Embracing Diversity across Disciplines
Join here (enter as guest): Adobe Connect (Copy and paste link below if hyperlink is inoperable)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. US EST 
Presented by: Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Assistant Professor of Spanish and the Director of Diversity and Inclusiveness at Salem College in North Carolina
Topic: We use Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone research as a bridge to engage diverse learners. This presentation will be multidisciplinary and will have relevance for all disciplines. Participants will leave with a wealth of resources and ideas to implement the next day.  Learn more
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Co-sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at the University of South Florida and Vanderbilt University

Krishauna in Boston, MA

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Presentation Title: - Impact African-American Students through Culturally Responsive Lessons
Time: 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM; Friday, November 18, 2016
Location: Westin Boston Waterfront, Paine
Role: Session Presenter

Join Krishauna's FLANC Webinar in North Carolina

Organization: Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC)
Date: October 3, 2016, 8:30pm
Title/Description: Afro-Latino Heritage for the World Language Classroom: 
This webinar provides an overview of how educators can engage all learners through culturally responsive and critical pedagogy. This webinar provides strategies for incorporating topics of race, class and gender into the world language classroom. Special attention will be given to Afro-Latino cultures. Webinar attendees will leave with a wealth of resources and ideas to use on Monday morning.  Examples will be given in English and Spanish.

Krishauna at Appalachian State University

AM I MY SISTER’S KEEPER? Supporting African-American Women in Doctoral Programs

Robin Buckrham, Guilford Preparatory Academy

Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Salem College

Dr. Tracey Helton Lewis, Pilot Mountain Middle School

Dr. Ashauna Harris, Harris Consulting, LLC.

Women in Educational Leadership Symposium | Appalachian State University | Sept 30- Oct 2, 2016

Krishauna Co-Authors Afro-Cuban Film Guide: They Are We

They Are We tells the extraordinary story of cultural endurance and reunion between the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, and their ancestral family in a remote village in Sierra Leone. Separated by the brutalities of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the two groups were finally brought together in 2013 by Emma Christopher, who discovered their connection via customary songs and dances. They Are We depicts this reunion and the rich exchanges between Cuban and Sierra Leonean culture.

Krishauna Hines-Gaither, director of diversity and inclusiveness at Salem College, and co-author of the Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies' educator guide for the film, will give introductory remarks. Christopher, currently on the faculty at the University of Sydney in Australia, will remotely give remarks. The film screening will last approximately eighty minutes.

They Are We Film Screening and Discussion |Tuesday, October 4, 2016  |  7:30 pm | Shirley Recital Hall, Elberson Fine Arts Center, Salem College

Krishauna as Keynote Speaker

World Language Summit | Winston-Salem State University | September 16, 2016

The Department of World Languages and Cultures in partnership with Enrollment Management/Academic Services at Winston-Salem State University is hosting a World Language Summit on the university's campus. Krishauna will serve as the keynote speaker. As plans unfold more details will be posted.

Krishauna in Cincinatti

2016 Conference on Second Languages and Cultures | Poster Session Title: Afro-Garífuna Women of Guatemala: Stories of Resistance and Pride | June 17, 2016, 7-9:00pm

Krishauna presented recent interviews conducted with Afro-Garífuna women of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. The Garífunas are descendants of Africans who were trafficked during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The vessel transporting them shipwrecked in the Caribbean islands and the surviving Africans escaped. They soon aligned with the indigenous inhabitants of the islands. After centuries of battles and conflicts with the indigenous people, the Spanish, the English, and the French, the Garífunas were banished from St. Vincent and relocated to Central America in the 1790s. The Garífunas have maintained the distinct language, culture, and customs of their ancestors. Come hear this fascinating account of lesser-known Latin-American history.

Krishauna in Houston, TX

On Friday, April 8, 2016 (1:30pm) Krishauna will present the following paper at the convention of the College Language Association: Garífuna Women of Guatemala: Narratives of Resistance and Pride. At the same conference she will also chair a session titled Negotiating Power, Identity, and Visibility in the Afro-Hispanic World and Works. 

Krishauna in Montreal, Quebec, CA

March 6-8, 2016
Krishauna will attend the ACPA Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in Montreal Canada.
Links under Inclusion on the #ACPA16 site include:Accessibility (Abilities)
Affordability & Cost | Culture & Language | Faith, Spirituality, & Meaning Resources | Aboriginal, First Nations, & Indigenous People | Gender Inclusivity | Information for Families | Travel Resources | Wellness

Join Krishauna's ACTFL Webinar

Host: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (, ACTFL Special Interest Group Educators of African-American Students, Chair Cassandra Glynn
Date/Time: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 12:00pm
Title/Description: Afro-Latino Heritage for the World Language Classroom: This webinar provides an overview of how educators can engage all learners through culturally responsive and critical pedagogy. This webinar provides strategies for incorporating topics of race, class and gender into the world language classroom. Special attention will be given to Afro-Latino cultures. Webinar attendees will leave with a wealth of resources and ideas to use on Monday morning.  Examples will be given in English and Spanish.

Krishauna in Raleigh, North Carolina

Krishauna will give the following presentation at the annual conference of the Foreign Language Association of NC. 

Schedule: Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:30AM-9:20AM (Round 6); Title: Recharge Your Battery Here: Plug in to Innovative Language Lessons!

Presenter: Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Salem College

Description: Engage diverse learners with multicultural lessons. Tried, true, and NEW methods for all levels (technology, games, poetry, film, music, oral, aural, kinesthetic and more). Keep 'em movin', keep 'em speakin', keep'em learnin'! No expertise needed, only a heart to reach all-teach all. Learn to incorporate fun & engaging activities as well as culturally thematic units. BONUS! Also receive innovative ideas on Afro-Hispanic & Afro-Francophone units. Come today, use tomorrow!

Focus: Spanish, French

Audience: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College/University, Supervisor

Language of presentation: English

Krishauna at Salem College

Presentation Title: Negotiations of Race, Class, and Gender among Afro-Latina Women Immigrants to the Southern United States
October 13, 2015: Double showing at 12:15pm (Club Dining Room) and later at 4:30pm (Shirley Auditorium).
See promotional flyer here.

(L-R) Department Chair, Dr. Ana León-Távora, Former Student, Angélica Regalado, Dr. Hines-Gaither

Dear Krishauna,
Thanks you so much for your wonderful lunch-time talk today. It was informative, engaging, and thought-provoking-- and very well done.
Dr. Susan Calovini (VP of Salem College)

Thank you, Krishauna, for an absolutely fascinating talk this afternoon! I really enjoyed that and found it immensely worthwhile.
Best wishes,
Dr. Traci Porter (Biology Professor)

KHG--You did yourself proud in your presentations (and research)-you were poised, professional, and very much in command of your material.  Congratulations !
Dr. Gary Ljungquist (French/Spanish Professor)

Dr. Hines-Gaither,
Fue muy grato verla y felicidades en todos los logros que está cumpliendo. Que Dios la bendiga mucho y que sigan los éxitos!
Con cariño,
Angélica Regalado (Former Student)

Kudos on a wonderful presentation of your research. You held your audience completely captive. Enjoyed every moment!
Camellia Cuthrell Perez (Salem College Alum and Spanish Teacher)

(L-R) Dr. Hines-Gaither & former student Ama Frimpong, Immigration Attorney

(L-R) Husband, Julián Gaither, Dr. Hines-Gaither, Father, Kacie Moore Jr.

Krishauna & Salem College Cultural Events Invite Cuban Filmmaker

(L-R) Catherine Murphy, filmmaker, Dr. Norma Guillard, Cuban literacy teacher & feminist psychologist, Dr. Hines-Gaither

Bilingual Poetry Reading: Krishauna with Dr. Cristina R. Cabral

Sept 17, 2015, 7:30pm, Salem College
Dr. Cabral reads her original poetry in Spanish. Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither reads English translations.
Dr. Vasser, Dr. León-Távora, Dr. Cabral, Dr. Hines-Gaither, Dr. Yoon

Krishauna in Cincinnati

(June) 2015 Conference on Second Languages and Cultures at 2015 AP Spanish Reading, Cincinnati, OH. 
Krishauna presented her dissertation research titled Negotiations of Race, Class, and Gender Among Afro-Latina Women Immigrants to the Southern United States. 

Krishauna in New Orleans

Krishauna's paper, “Afro-Cubans, African-Americans, Creoles and Cajuns: An Afro-Cubana’s journey from Cuba to New Orleans,” has been accepted for presentation at the Seventy-Fourth Annual Convention of the College Language Association (CLA).


Conference is hosted by Tulane University, March 26-29, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. The selected venue is the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.


Krishauna in New York

Krishauna is making arrangements to present at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, NY on January 31, 2014.

Theme: Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity related to the concept of humor: How to navigate humor when interacting with international cultures.

Krishauna at the ACTFL Convention: Orlando, FL

Friday, November 22, 2013
Engaging African-American World Language Learners in Social Justice Pedagogy
- Cassandra Glynn, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
- Richard de Meij, HPHS NAF Academy of Nursing & Health Sciences, Hartford, CT
- Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
African-American Students SIG Business Meeting 2:30-3:30pm
Program Description: ACTFL African-American Students SIG Business Meeting, plus special speaker Krishauna Hines-Gaither, with a Q&A period on Effective Best Practices, Strategies and Resources for attracting and retaining African-American WL learners, in all levels of instruction.

Krishauna at FLANC-Winston-Salem, NC

October 12, 2013 Annual Fall Conference of the Foreign Language Association of N.C.

  • Presenters: Krishauna Hines-Gaither with Co-Presenter Sandra Bah (From France);
  • Presentation Title: Sound the Alarm: Explosive world language lessons in progress.
  • Description: Ignite the fire in your classroom! Tried, true, and NEW methods for all levels (games, poetry, film, music, oral, aural, kinesthetic and more). Keep 'em movin', keep'em talkin', keep'em learnin'! No expertise needed, only a heart to reach all-teach all. Incorporate fun & engaging activities with culture, thematic units, core subjects, and grammar. BONUS! Also receive innovative ideas on Afro-Hispanic/Afro-Francophone units. Come today, use tomorrow! Language: Presentation conducted in English, French, & Spanish

Krishauna at Winston-Salem State University

Presentation Date: September 25, 2013

Presentation Title: The Afro-Mexican Presence in Winston-Salem

Coordinator: Invited by Dr. Uchenna Vasser, Department of World Languages. "Quiero decir mil gracias por venir a visitarnos. Espero que lo hagamos de Nuevo" (Thank you so much for coming to visit us. I hope that we collaborate again soon.) Dr. Vasser

Salem student, Sara Lee Tolbert, assisted me with the presentation. She shared her experiences as a mixed raced woman ( Puerto Rican/Boricua Mother, Liberian Father).

Krishauna at Calvary Baptist Church

Calvary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC, July 9, 2013 at 7pm.

God Encounters.pdf

Krishauna at Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University, April 25, 2013 at 7pm

See Promotional Flyer: Ohio Wesleyan.jpg

"I am so glad that Krishauna came to OWU. She provided an exciting and invigorating presentation -- a refreshing repose from the standard academic talk!" Dr. David Walker, OWU

Krishauna in K-12 Schools

Reedy Presentation Date: March 21, 2013

Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary, NC (Wake County)

Reynolds Presentation Date: October 25 & October 30, 2012. (2-3 presentations each day)

Reynolds High School, WSFCS (Forsyth County): Click here for article related to the presentation

Krishauna at Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference

January 12, 2013, University of NC at Chapel Hill 

Session Title: Community building in the graduate school classroom (tentative title)

Lead Presenter: Dr. Silvia Bettez (UNCG); Krishauna will be a co-presenter along with other UNCG graduate students

News Features on Krishauna

Krishauna at Salem College

Presentation Title: Afro-latinx cultural heritage

Save the Date: September 25th, 2012, Winston-Salem, NC; CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON PG. 6


 Afro-Latinx presentation at Salem College

Testimonial: Te felicito por tu presentación inconmensurable! No solamente has tenido un aforo repleto, sino que además, has conseguido mantener al público totalmente interesado con tu información pero también, tu sentido del humor y la interacción con las alumnas- Dr. Ana León-Távora. 

(I applaud you for an unbelievable presentation! You not only had standing room only, but furthermore you managed to keep the audience completely engaged with your information, but also with your sense of humor and interaction with the students.) Dr. Ana León-Távora.

Krishauna at AESA Conference-Seattle, Washington

Save the Date: October, 31, 2012, Seattle, Washington (AESA, American Educational Studies Association), The Grand Hyatt Seattle

Session Title: The Browning of the United States: Examining Increasingly Complex Identity Politics and Inter/Intragroup Relations of Brown, Black, and Brown-Black People

Krishauna's Paper Title: The Intersectionality of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender: The Lived Experiences of Afro-Latina Women

Krishauna's Co-presenters' Titles: Beauty Beyond the Big Screen: How the Image of American Beauty affects the social identity of Black women (LaWanda Wallace); Sociologically Interpreting Blacks and Latinas/os Relationships (Cherise Childers-McKee)

Selected Works from Krishauna's Pen

Videos/Multimedia of Krishauna Hines-Gaither

To Arrange Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements Brochure for World Languages: Krishauna Hines-Gaither-Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements Brochure for Diversity and InclusionKrishauna Hines-Gaither-Speaking Engagements

(Kinkaid School.pdf) Click previous link for testimonial from The Kinkaid School, Texas (The year before Krishauna was invited, the Kinkaid speaker was Tony Plana (from television series, Ugly Betty), so needless to say, she was honored to be selected as their speaker the following year.







Nicolás Guillén Performance

Performing original song written & arranged by Krishauna Hines-Gaither, while reciting Nicolás Guillén's Sensemayá.

(L-R) Achlaï Ernest Wallace, Kenny Wallace, Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Julián Gaither


Website of author Jacinta White's new book titled Broken Ritual: Poems by Jacinta White: Click here for Jacinta's WEBSITE

Website of author Nilla Childs's new book titled Puzzled: 100 Pieces of Autism: Click Here

¡Viva Salem!

Krishauna with students from HOLA, the Hispanic Club at Salem College. 

The following quote guides my teaching practice at Salem College

"I pray for all of us the strength to teach our students what they must 
learn, and the humility and wisdom to learn from them so that we might better 
teach." Lisa Delpit

My Literary Mentors

This is not an exhaustive list, but these are they who had an early impact on my writing.


     Krishauna with Dr. Maya Angelou                             Krishauna with Esmeralda Santiago


  • Dr. Maya Angelou (Her work in its entirety)
  • bell hooks (Teaching to Transgress)
  • Gloria Anzaldúa (Borderlands)
  • Nikki Giovanni (Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni)
  • Barbara Kingsolver (Poisonwood Bible)
  • Lisa Delpit (Book-Other People´s Children; Article-The silenced dialogue: Power & pedagogy in educating other people's children)
  • Esmeralda Santiago (Cuando era Puertorriquena; Conquistadora)
  • founded by Paul C. Gorski (Amazing website on multicultural education)