Racial Justice Strategist & Coach (Consultant)
Régine Romain (she/her/hers) is the proud descendant of Haitian revolutionaries and brings tremendous joy to her life/work as an artist, educator, visual anthropologist, and racial justice + equity coach living in Brooklyn, NY. With 20+ years of teaching, training, and supporting diverse communities, she promotes love, freedom, understanding and respect in addressing issues of race, religion/spirituality, and representation through participatory and reflective learning practices. Through an extensive global network, she produces culturally transformative curricula, workshops, salons, performances, forums, exhibits/festivals, and tours.
While living in Benin, West Africa (2016-2018), Régine became the founder/director of the WaWaWa Diaspora Centre, a 501c3 organization - to actively heal historic wounds and trauma related to the TransAtlantic Slave Trade through inter-generational arts, education, exchange programs and media production.
As a storyteller and cultural producer, she uses photographs/film/performance as mixed-media tools to ignite critical consciousness and radical transformation. Régine is the director/executive producer of the award-winning short film and podcast “Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage” (2016) and “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical” (2018). She also served as the creative doula for two short films made in Benin (2017) “African Odyssey: Ancestral Memories” and “The Clotilde: A Poetic Voyage.”
Régine’s photographic work on Black spirituality appears in “MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora”(2017). She is a co-author and featured artist in “Ritual as Remembrance,” a Photoville lesson plan for 5th- 12 graders based on the MFON project “Altar: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings” exhibited at Photoville from September 13-23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
As the Director of Education at MoCADA, Régine edited "Diaspora Diaries: An Educator's Guide to MoCADA Artists” (2009). Her photo essay on Haiti, including photos from her solo exhibition “Portraits for Self-Determining Haiti,” is featured in Meridians, Vol 11, No. 1 (2011), a journal published by Indiana University Press and in 2020, she authored "Nou Pap Bliye: A Haitian Coloring Book" to commemorate the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Régine received a BS in International Studies from Bowie State University, studied Documentary Filmmaking (MFA) at Howard University, and completed her MA in Photography and Urban Culture from Goldsmiths, University of London.