Detroit to the Diaspora (DTD) is an annual cultural immersion, study abroad program for HALA students in Detroit schools. DTD is a life-changing experience for Detroit youth, providing culturally vibrant enriching experiences that widen their global and social network for the purposes of strengthening students’ positive identity and leadership in their own lives and ultimately among their communities throughout Detroit. 


Ghana will be the inaugural destination for summer 2020 for 10 students from Detroit’s Southeastern High School. For two weeks in July, Southeastern High School students will:

  • be immersed in Ghanaian culture

  • visit five cities (Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Korforidua and Elmina)

  • participate in tours to cultural and historical sites, a traditional village, nature reserves, marketplaces and their artisans

  • complete a service-learning project connected to bead-making and drum-making enterprises and cooperatives

  • explore Ghanaian art forms

  • participate in a group project where they will explore, research and document one of the following categories: Technology, Cuisine, Fashion, History, Cultural Rituals, or Music & Dance

  • present their group research project to the Southeastern High School community during the fall semester of the 2020/21 school year

DTD is a very pivotal moment for Detroit’s youth to be empowered and grow as leaders taking part in Detroit’s rebuilding. DTD believes this growth is rooted in the ability for youth to connect to the physical place of their original identity, which can create pathways for a heightened and positive sense of individual purpose that will lead to larger, positive impacts in our community.

DONATE NOW to support the trip to Ghana in 2020!

For sponsorship opportunities or for more information about DTD and our student trip to Ghana in 2020, contact Keisa Davis, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Initiatives via email at or by phone at (313) 458-8414.

Meet our DTD students from Southeastern High School:

See photos from our DTD student field trip to Library Street Collective where students experienced an exhibition tour of Manifest Destiny with curator Ingrid LaFleur. (October, 2019)

See photos from our DTD student cultural immersion field trip where students experienced African food for the first time and to visited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to learn about African culture and the TransAtlantic slave trade. (October, 2019)

See photos from our DTD movie night fundraiser and screening of Nobody’s Fool at Bel Air Luxury Cinema. (November, 2018)

See photos from our DTD t-shirt fundraiser where students learned the art of screenprinting and created their very own DTD inspired designs. (October, 2018)

Upcoming fundraisers and events:


Join us at our DTD Pancake Fundraiser at Rose’s Fine Food on Friday, October 18th!