Dr. Michelle Robinson, Writing Center Director, Comprehensive Writing Program Director and Professor in the English department, was granted a one year $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for her project entitled, PhotoVoices in Historic Hosbson City: Cultivating Community, Creating Change. The project is intended to support a photography and creative writing program for youth in Hobson City, Alabama. Hobson City, Alabama is the oldest African American municipality in the state and the second oldest in the United States. Hobson City is currently only has a population of about 800 people which are predominately African American. Dr. Robinson is using this project to use photography to restore the historic narrative and preservation of this city while teaching the youth about the history of their very own city. This project will fund the continuation and extension of the piloted #blackgirls4change PhotoVoice project for two additional seasons while expanding it to all youth.
DR. YEWANDE OLUBUMMO, SPELMAN COLLEGE, SELECTED TO WORK WITH KWARA STATE UNIVERSITY (KWASU), NIGERIA
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to Support Projects in Africa
Atlanta, GA May 13, 2018 – Dr. Yewande Olubummo from Spelman College was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to travel to Nigeria to work with Kwara State University on developing and teaching a graduate class, and developing collaborative research projects. Dr. Olubummo will also work to develop partnerships for Spelman’s mathematics department with various investigators at KWASU and with local high schools.
This project is needed because of the small number of qualified mathematics faculty available at KWASU to teach pure mathematics courses at the graduate level. In addition, the Fellow can share ideas about programs and activities that the mathematics department can develop in order to attract more students to study mathematics. Finally, through mentoring and advising, the Fellow will help encourage more students, especially women, to consider pursuing careers in the mathematical sciences.
Dr. Olubummo’s project is part of a broader initiative that will pair 55 CADFP scholars with one of 43 higher education institutions and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training, and mentoring activities in the coming months. The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include controlling malaria, strengthening peace and conflict studies, developing a new master’s degree in emergency medicine, training and mentoring graduate students in criminal justice, archiving African indigenous knowledge, creating low cost water treatment technologies, building capacity in microbiology and pathogen genomics, and developing a forensic accounting curriculum. To deepen the ties among the faculty members and between their home and host institutions, the program is providing support to several program alumni to enable them to build on successful collaborative projects they conducted in previous years.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fifth year, is designed to increase Africa’s brain circulation, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council. A total of 335 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.
Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars (individually or in small groups) and cover the expenses for project visits of between 21 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance.
See full list of 2018 projects, hosts and scholars and their universities.
Please direct all questions related to the application process to AfricanDiaspora@iie.org .
Dr. Maira Goytia, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a 2-year grant from The National Science Foundation in the amount of $149,506 for her project entitled “Research Initiation Award: Mechanisms regulating intrinsic levels of antimicrobial resistance in planktonic cells and biofilms of commensal Neisseria”. There is an understanding that bacteria evolve in competitive environments, such as water, soil, on or inside macroorganisms such as humans. Dr. Goytia’s research will study whether bacteria commonly encountered in healthy humans express antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and whether they can be considered reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance genes for pathogens. This study will broaden the bacteriology research here at Spelman and pave the way for undergraduate independent research opportunities in the classroom, her research laboratory and other research spaces. With better understanding of antimicrobial resistance associated to sexually-transmitted bacteria, our students will be able to engage and educate the community to bring awareness to these major public health concerns.