Elsa Wiehe

Leader, African Studies Center at Boston University

Elsa Wiehe is a multilingual Mauritius citizen with two decades of experience in international education and teacher preparation. She currently leads the African Studies Center K-16 Education Outreach Program at Boston University. A licensed K–6 teacher, she taught English and French in elementary and secondary schools and worked as an educational consultant in West and Southern African countries focusing on gender equity and educational access. She holds an Ed.D. from UMass Amherst, where she also earned an M.Ed. in multicultural, bilingual, and ESL education.

She’s published and presented widely on a number of subjects. Recent publications include “Making Race: Examining the Power of Local Place in Teacher Discourse” for the International Journal of Multicultural Education (2019) and “The Struggle for Creole in Schools in Mauritius: Toward a Decolonial Interculturality in Language Policy and Practice” in Intercultural Education: Critical Perspectives, Pedagogical Challenges, and Promising Practices (2020), and “Translanguaging to Teach for Justice for Multilingual Students” in Educational Foundations: An Anthology of Critical Readings (2020). She continues to develop free resources to teach Africa, available on the African Studies Center Education Outreach Program website.


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