The Africa Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis launched a new website featuring a faculty engagement page highlighting WashU faculty and staff’s research, teaching, and work in Africa. Established in 2018, the Africa Initiative is an interdisciplinary endeavor committed to expanding knowledge and creating teaching, learning, and cultural opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
In Summer 2018, the Africa Initiative surveyed 3,000+ Washington University faculty and staff on their research, teaching, advisory and entrepreneurial engagements in Africa. The goal of this exercise was to take an inventory and understand the kinds of engagement conducted by the university community on the Africa continent, and to identify opportunities to strengthen and/or add new initiatives in Africa.
The survey resulted into the identification of over 125 faculty and staff with engagements in Africa and over 100 faculty and staff interested in engaging. “We partnered with DevSTAC at WashU Student Technology Services on this project. The engagements page allows our community – both at home and abroad – to easily search and identify engagement efforts by faculty, area of expertise, and country of engagement” says Dr. Proscovia Nabunya, Assistant Director of the Africa Initiative.
“This has been a very important priority for the Africa Initiative” says Dr. Benjamin Akande, Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs-Africa “and we are very excited to bring it to fruition because it provides WashU faculty and staff engaged in Africa a unique platform to connect and collaborate.”
The new website also features Africa-focused news and events, WashU in Africa by the numbers, opportunities for student engagement. Members of the WashU community are invited to share their Africa-related news and events on the website by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also to fill out the engagements survey at this link.