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Carnegie Fellowship Takes Sociology Professor to Tanzania, Uganda

Dr. Florence Wakoko-Studstill, Associate Professor of Sociology at CSU, was awarded a multi-institutional Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship that enabled her to lead a three-month seminar series in Uganda and Tanzania over the summer.

The fellowship is designed to support collaboration between US and Canada-based African born scholars and Sub-Saharan African universities for the development of graduate studies, curriculum, research and graduate student mentoring on theses and dissertation projects.

As part of the fellowship, Dr. Wakoko-Studstill spent two months at Makerere University in Uganda and another month at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.  Her work included teaching courses in social research methods, Model African Union-One Health and grant writing.  She also helped organize the launch of the Women’s Leadership Academy, a five-day training course in July at Makerere University. The training was conducted under the auspices of the Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa, an organization which Dr. Wakoko-Studstill helped co-found in 2014 with support from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, and the United States Agency for International Development consortia project titled “Capacity building in Integrated Management of Trans-Boundary Animal Diseases & Zoonoses.

Students who participated in Dr. Wakoko-Studstill’s seminars submitted a total of five grant proposals to USAID-Tanzania, and participated in a simulation called “Model African Union,” which emphasized strengthening leadership and cultural competencies in One Health programs.

Based on her African research, Dr. Wakoko-Studstill has co-authored eight articles accepted for publication in the Pan African Medical Journal, and has also helped lay the groundwork for establishing a Tanzania Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa country office and strengthened the newly established Center for Gender Studies at Sokoine University of Agriculture.

“These experiences have contributed greatly in enriching my teaching, and should prove to be enormous for CSU students and faculty,” said Dr. Wakoko-Studstill. “There are opportunities for collaborative research, curriculum development, and student engagement in multi-sectoral service learning projects in Tanzania and Uganda through the Carnegie and other Foundations.”

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