Evidence of service
The University (Advising)
Dissertation Advisor: I am currently the dissertation advisor for four doctoral students. The students are doing research on topics ranging from African influence in Columbian music and culture, youth activism in South Africa, Black women filmmakers in Africa and the United States, and the involvement of Africans in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.
I sit on the committee of four additional graduate students, one masters student and three doctoral students.
Faculty Advisor (since 2015): Transitioners and Naturals Growing, Learning, and Educating Students (TANGLES)
- TANGLES is an undergraduate student organization that focuses on Black women and natural hair.
- Appendix 14B: Faculty Advisor for TANGLES
Director of Undergraduate Studies
As the Director of the Undergraduate program, I regularly advise students on course scheduling and course requirements. This includes not only all of our majors and minors, but other students inquiring about our courses.
I keep a record of all current, incoming, and graduating African Studies majors. I maintain contact with majors and organize the taking of comprehensive exams for our graduating seniors. As Director I designed a Brochure for the African Studies program, using it for outreach activities on campus.
Chair (since 2016): Undergraduate Program Committee
Member (since 2016): Curriculum Committee, Department of African Studies
Co-Chair (since 2016): Library and Technology Committee, Department of African Studies
Member (2015 – 2016): Search Committee for Chair of Department of African Studies
Steering Committee (2017): Sacred Resistance, a Black Lives Matter initiative
This was an initiative to bring activists from around the country for a day of reflection and resistance. I was the Washington, DC contact and I helped to coordinate the logistics on the ground.
Committee Member (2017): Scholarship Committee for the Diaspora Community of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA)
This is a program that offers scholarships to undergraduate Tanzanian students in the U.S. I served on the scholarship board and helped design the call for applications and assisted in reviewing the applications.
Board Member (since 2016): Africa Action
Africa Action is one of the primary African advocacy groups in Washington, DC. Many have been forced to close their doors. Africa Action has been working on re-establishing itself. Because of my previous advocacy work with Amnesty International, I was asked to join the board in 2016.
Volunteer (2015 – 2016): Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)
While with CIVIC I worked to advocated on the behalf of immigrant detainees. I have participated in visitation programs and served as a volunteer with CIVIC’s call center, which connects detainees to family members and friends.
Board Member (since 2014): Helping Underserved Communities
HUC is a nonprofit started by Tanzanians in the Diaspora. The organization holds fundraising campaigns in the U.S. to carry out projects in Tanzania. Some of these projects include scholarships for vocational school, and supplying books and materials to schools. I have been on the board since the organizations start in 2014.