First Advisor

Scott Dupree

Second Advisor

Artemisa Castro Félix

Third Advisor

Nina Miller, PHD


Regis College

Degree Name

Master of Development Practice

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

76 pages


The international development sector has been experiencing an awakening regarding the impacts of colonialism in the field. Calls for anti-colonial practices, cultural competency, and enhanced attention to imbalanced power dynamics have become increasingly prevalent, but despite this shift, the field still shows resistance to explore and intentionally address the role of race. In this project, I investigate how race has shaped development and explore its impacts on the design of development interventions, organizational structuring, and funding allocation. The work proposes alternatives that envisions to consider a racial lens to shift power and tackle inequalities and aims that development programs of private Foundations incorporate a racial justice lens into their work.

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colo.