African Diaspora Fellows Reunite in New York City

On May 11, 2018, four past Carnegie African Diaspora program fellows — Rachel Ndonye, Grace Ogiehor-Enoma, Nkechi Agwu, and Henry Bulley — and Paul Shiundu, a host collaborator from Technical University of Kenya (TUK), met at the Corporation to share perspectives and provide feedback on their fellowship experiences at African universities.

The TUK fellowship, helmed by Shiundu and Ndonye in 2016, produced a four-year undergraduate program in medicinal chemistry, design of laboratory experiments and techniques for Industry-Based Learning (IBL) activities, mentorships with secondary schools in Kenya, recruitment of more women and girls for STEM fields, and partnerships with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) linking the university to local industries.

Ndonye, Ogiehor-Enoma, Agwu, and Bulley continue to collaborate with their African counterparts on their projects post-fellowship.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows program has awarded 335 fellowships (including several return visits) since its inception in 2013. See a full list of 2018 projects, hosts, and scholars and their universities.

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Photo left to right: Grace Ogiehor-Enoma, Hunter College, New York City; Rachel Ndonye, Montgomery College, Maryland; Paul Shiundu, Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.

Back row: Nkechi Agwu, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City; Henry Bulley, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City. Photo: Celeste Ford