May 17, 2011
celebrated internationally each year on May 25, highlights modern Africa and
African communities around the world. This year’s event at Seattle University
brings together students, faculty, and leading artists with middle and high
school students and members of the community for an evening of celebration,
awards, and discussion.
“Africa is still a
dark continent to too many,” said Sociology Professor Gary Perry, coordinator of the
event. “We are long overdue in awakening to the history and culture not only of
the people of Africa but of their descendants in the diaspora.”
The event takes place
from 6 – 9 p.m. in Campion Ballroom on the Seattle University.
Africa Day is sponsored by the African Student
Association and the Global African Studies Program and Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
McGinn, Colorado Springs, Communication Studies major with a minor in Global
African Studies, Class of 2011. Jourdan has traveled extensively, most
notably studying at the Centre for African Studies at the University of
Copenhagen and living in rural Ghana. She is currently drafting a Fulbright
research proposal to explore the social context of HIV/AIDS in Malawi in 2012
and continues to support local development efforts in her community in Ghana.
Evan Morier, Oakland, CA, Political Science major, class of 201.Evan became
interested in Africa after a visit to Mali and Senegal in 2006. After t Africa enrolling
in an African studies course and learning more about Africa, he joined the
Peace Corps and will begin serving in Africa in July.
Asiedu, Kumasi, Ghana, International Studies major
with a minor in International
class of 2012. Last summer, Kwaku volunteered in Arusha,
Tanzania, as part of a Global Impact program organized by the Seattle Community
Colleges. Upon graduation, Kwaku plans to return to Africa to work in
Mwangi, Nairobi, Kenya, Pre-Med Psychology major with a biology, class of 2012. Last summer, Melissa worked as a doctor
intern in one of Nairobi’s top hospitals learning different techniques of
practicing medicine. After graduation and medical school, where she plans to
specialize in surgery, she will return to Kenya to serve her community.
Seattle, WA, International
Studies major with a minor in Global African Studies, class of 2011.Rezina had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and Mali and
participated in a four-month study abroad in Dakar, Senegal. She plans to become a university professor.
She currently coaches a high school dance team.
Mahoro, Bujumbura, Burundi, International
Studies major with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership, class of 2012.Corinne
has worked with nonprofit organizations in Burundi and the greater Seattle area. After graduation, she
plans to return to Burundi to work with the local youth towards the needed
improvement in the education system.
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