Hello guys! My name is Christopher Crump, and I'm a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Spanish & Portuguese Studies. Previously, I had the honor of studying abroad in Brazil, taking a series of literature courses in the Portuguese language. Through this experience, I was able to analyze the racial stratification of the Brazilian society and how these racial stratification affected the Afro-Brazilians. However, I must say that I am especially honored to have the opportunity to go back to the mother land and learn about my South African brothers and sisters through shared experiences of pain, racism, and the knowledge I acquired about race during my studies in Brazil. As human beings, I feel that we all have commonalities in which we can all relate to each other. One of my goals during this trip is to seek out those commonalities between me and the South African people that goes beyond race and the long history of oppression. In addition, I'm hoping to build strong relationship with my fellow peers who will be traveling with me.