Pathways to visibility

Intersectionality and Inclusion

How do you build inclusion from the ground up?

People with albinism face discrimination across the globe but are often left out of activist efforts around diversity and inclusion.

In this episode, we spoke to representatives of Sesame Street Workshop, who have been championing diversity for years. With a breadth of expertise in the art of embracing diversity, this insightful look into the world of Sesame Street gives us new ways of approaching our goals. Supermodel and activist Diandra Forrest also joined the conversation. Fellow guest speaker Stephan Bognar, Executive Director of New York Dermatology Group Foundation, completes the line-up. They worked together previously on the Colorfull campaign, which was conceived by NYDG to highlight the prejudice that albinism attracts. 

The campaign offers a case study in understanding what it takes to build a global movement for awareness and acceptance of a marginalised community – from funding, to stakeholder buy-in, to managing transnational political sensitivities, to navigating issues of representation and the risk of tokenism.

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit entity behind the internationally beloved children’s television show Sesame Street, is creating a new character with albinism, bringing needed visibility to this condition and creating awareness among children and their caregivers. The stakes are high: in some countries where Sesame Street broadcasts, young people with albinism are subject to violence, live in fear, and can be forced to live apart from their families or communities.

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Event speakers


Scott Cameron

Scott Cameron is the Executive Producer for Ahlan Simsim, an all-new, local version of Sesame Street designed for children affected by displacement in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. He also oversees production of local versions of Sesame Street in South Africa, India, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, and is developing Sesame content to aid families affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis. Scott has been working in children’s educational media since the days of E.R. and the Macarena, when he developed content and curriculum for international versions of Sesame Street in Japan, China, Russia, and Mexico. He is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer of PBS’s The Electric Company, for which he also served as a writer and Director of Education. Scott has written for numerous children’s shows, including OobiCurious George, Ollie & Moon, and the upcoming Norman Picklestripes for Universal Kids. Scott is a graduate of Boston University and Teachers College, Columbia University. 


Diandra Forrest

Diandra Forrest is an African American model and actress and became the first female model with albinism to sign a deal with a major US modelling agency when she was just 18 years old. She is a spokesperson for other black people with albinism after learning of their mistreatment and works with a number of organisations to fight discrimination against albinism.


Terri-Sue Fraser

Terri-Sue Fraser was born and raised in South Africa. She has been working in the television industry for 11 years and has a particular interest in children's television. She's worked in some of South Africa's leading children's programmes with a hands-on and passionate approach. Terri-Sue runs all of the on the ground activities related to the creative production of Takalani Sesame, the South African adaption of Sesame Street.


Stephan Bognar

Stephan Bognar is the Executive Director of the NYDG Foundation, one of the leading health organisations working with vulnerable and marginalised groups across the globe. His extensive experience working on global development projects has helped shaped the foundation’s public health, education and human rights projects. In 2019, Stephan designed and delivered one of the largest international campaigns on albinism to promote real inclusivity and diversity across the globe. The campaign called ‘ColorFull-My ALBINISM. My COLOR’ features some of the world’s top models and influencers. ColorFull is about changing how the world sees and treats people with albinism and inspiring everyone to create healthier and more inclusive communities without fear of violence, discrimination and exclusion.