the GriffinHarte Foundation
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“We Africans speak about a concept difficult to render in English. We speak of ubuntu or botho. You know when it is there, and it is obvious when it is absent. It has to do with what it means to be truly human; it refers to gentleness, to compassion, to hospitality, to openness to others, to vulnerability, to being available for others and to know that you are bound up with them in the bundle of life, for a person is only a person through other persons.”

- Desmond Mpilo Tutu, “Agents of Transformation.”

Submit an Essay

One of the goals of the GriffinHarte Foundation is to provide a platform for individuals to publish short essays that address a specific question or issue related to social justice, identity, feminisms, civility, and civic engagement. Essays can be submitted by individuals, or by groups of individuals, who might have participated in a class or community project or who have a position or perspective they would like to share with others. Essays should be between 100 and 2,000 words and should be written in a style that is civil and respectful of others. To submit an essay or essays, send the following to

  1. A brief description of how the essay came to be (part of a class, a question the author or authors have been pursuing, a community project, or the like).
  2. A brief (two paragraph) biography of the author or authors.
  3. Contact information. Unless requested otherwise, all contact information beyond the author’s name will be kept confidential. The GriffinHarte Foundation also is willing to discuss the possibility of publishing essays anonymously.
  4. The essay, including a title, and any citations or work referenced that are important to understanding the ideas presented.