Kisii May, 2018 –Kisii University has been selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to host Dr. Mary Gitau, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Clarke University, Dubuque, United States of America, as an African Diaspora scholar to work with Dr. Herman Kiriama on a project entitled Creating a Framework for Development of a Center for Peace‚ Social Justice‚ Equality‚ and Security through Curriculum Review and Establishment of Research Collaboration.

Kisii university is located in a cosmopolitan city surrounded by several communities. Every year these communities fight for both pasture and farming land. Kisii university strives to have a center for peace, social justice, equality and security to address the infighting among communities. It is also a fact now that every election year in Kenya witnesses threat to peace and clamor for social justice and equality become topics of discussion. A robust curriculum to address peace, social justice, security and equality is needed to overcome the threats to peace. The Carnegie fellow in peace, social justice, security and equality, will be involved in co-developing new courses and ensuring that the curriculum meets international standards. The scholar will also assist in strengthening existing courses. The scholar will also provide expertise to grow research capacity, train and mentor graduate students in social research work and community development.   The impact of the project will therefore include: the establishment of a framework that will actualize the Center for Peace, Social justice, Equality, and Security. The Center will have programs that meet international standards; increase in the number of postgraduate students successfully supervised because of the input and expertise of the Carnegie scholar; development of collaborative research projects with Kisii University faculty members and the Carnegie Scholar. This working relationship will result in ideas exchange and potential future collaboration on research projects.

The Kisii University 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 CADFP 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 and cover the expenses for project visits. Additional information on this program can be found at: