Activist and founder of the Slow Factory Foundation, Celine Semaan, partnered up with Adidas and Stella McCartney to launch a groundbreaking program, offering insightful courses designed specifically for BIPOC.
To make it happen, Semaan has brought along some of the industry’s brightest stars to teach the courses, amongst them is writer and fashion consultant Aja Barber, whose expertise lies in race, intersectional feminism and sustainable and ethical fashion. Barber will teach a course entitled ‘Fast Fashion & Wokewashing’.
Other courses include ‘Deconstructing Greenwashing Myths’, taught by fashion editor Sophia Li and ‘Regenerative Agriculture with Fibershed’, taught by geographer and writer Teju Adisa-Farrar.
“Open Education is created by and offers free classes for Black Brown, Indigenous, and minority ethnic folks working in fashion, who wouldn’t have access to this type of information and sustainability literacy,” Semaan explained to Forbes in an interview.
“The program is looking at fashion’s impact socially, economically, and from an environmental standpoint and offers a curriculum of applied knowledge” she said, “meaning: information and best practices that can be applied immediately within the industry giving our community a cultural advantage and a way to being hired and needed within the industry,”.