Nancy Kendall

Faculty Director

(608) 262-1760

Aleia McCord

Associate Director


Contact for graduate certificate and PhD minor, Africa at Noon lecture series, partnerships, grants and funding, visiting scholars, office operations.

Meagan Doll

Assistant Director


Contact for Mandela Washington Fellowship, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, external communications.

Lauren Parnell Marino

Undergrad Advisor & Outreach Project Assistant


Contact for undergraduate advising,
k-16 outreach, Day in Africa.

Emilie Songolo

African Studies Bibliographer


Contact for library collections, research, African Studies Digital Collection.

Karen Sage

Financial Specialist


Rebecca Hanks

Communications & Outreach Intern


Contact for event promotion,
African Studies newsletter, social media.

Lusasyo Mwakatika

Administrative Intern


Contact for Africa at Noon logistics, visitor accommodations, general inquiries.

Upenyu Majee

Mandela Washington Fellowship Academic Coordinator

Coordinates MWF academic roundtables and academic programming, interfaces with academic presenters.

Mwita Muniko

Mandela Washington Fellowship Local Resource Guide

Assists fellows navigating cultural adaption, holds weekly office hours for the duration of the institute.

Harry Kiiru

Mandela Washington Fellowship Community Events Coordinator

Coordinates host family dinners, public speaking engagements, and other community-facing events and needs.

Gabby Umba

Mandela Washington Fellowship Volunteer