Colouring the Narrative: How to Use Storytelling to Create Social Change in Skin Shade Ideals in India (E-Course)

Our e-course touches on the topics of colorism, skin-lightening product use, social marketing, gender equality, gender-based discrimination, and policy change to combat colorism and skin shade discrimination. This e-course utilizes evidence-based case-method teaching to train learners in the design of responsive, solution-centered media advocacy campaigns. Working with a multinational team of writers, physicians, scholars, eating disorder specialists, and instructional designers, the Harvard STRIPED team has developed this case-based e-course to engage learners in real-world dilemmas, problem-solving, and teamwork to build knowledge and skills that can address the impacts of colorism on the health and mental health of Indian adolescents. Grounded in a fictional narrative written by Indian sociologist and writer Reena Agarwal, this course utilizes evidence-based case-method teaching to train learners in the design of responsive, solution-centered media advocacy campaigns.

Skills: Students will develop skills in media advocacy and strategic storytelling techniques by creating a media campaign in response to the skin-lightening industry by identifying counter-narrative strategies for disrupting dominant narratives about skin shade ideals.

Fictional Narrative Document for Students

Short Films on Case Document Characters by Medical Aid Films for STRIPED