As a first-generation Cameroonian-American with intersecting identities, Dr. Janice Gassam Asare’s unique upbringing has shaped her into an influential voice for the Black liberation and equity she is today. Growing up in a family of immigrants, she experienced what W.E.B. Dubois coined as the ‘double consciousness,’ except she was experiencing a triple consciousness. Her experiences navigating white America while not feeling “Black enough” or “Cameroonian enough” ignited a fire within her to dismantle oppressive systems.
Dr. Gassam Asare’s journey has led her to dedicate her life to the liberation of Black people, specifically, Black womxn. Her mother’s bravery inspires her work in speaking out against the oppressive systems she faced in her workplace. Through her strength and perseverance, Dr. Gassam Asare is determined to be the change she seeks in the world and the workplace.
With over ten years of experience facilitating racial dialogue and educating others about equity and inclusion, Dr. Gassam Asare understands the power of voice. As Audre Lorde once said, “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” She believes that the most significant power a person can wield is their voice, and she is using hers to uplift the voices of the marginalized.
Dr. Gassam Asare’s dedication to Black liberation is reflected in the words of the Combahee River Collective, “If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.” Her work is crucial for Black women but for everyone, as dismantling these systems of oppression benefits all marginalized communities.
In a world where silence can be deafening, Dr. Gassam Asare’s voice is a beacon of hope for those fighting for equity and liberation. Her dedication to the cause is unwavering, and she will continue to use her voice to amplify the voices of the oppressed until everyone is free.