Day in Africa – Session II

SESSION II 10:30-11:10AM

African and American – Testimonies and Discussion
Northwoods B (3rd Floor)

Madison Metropolitan School District is home to a diverse student body, which, especially on the East Side of Madison, includes a strong and visible West African population. Some of these students are recent arrivals to the United States, while others were born in the U.S. to West African parents. All of them, however, deal with navigating the cultural space between African and American. This discussion, led by a number of students of West African families at Madison East High School, will center on the challenges they face in staking a claim for themselves both in their home cultures and in the cultures of their school, work, and social lives.

Presenters: Moderator- Brendan Loula, Bilingual Resource Specialist in Mandinka at MMSD. Speakers: Siti Hydara, Saffiatou Cisse, Sira Sangaré, Aminata Jammeh, Fatimah Manneh, Muhammed Sillah, and Pa Lang Barrow.

Youth Protest and Social Change in South Africa
Landmark (3rd Floor)

Young people have played an important role in bringing about political and social change in postcolonial Africa. Institutions like the media also play a key role in representing the interests of groups advocating for social change. So what happens when these two groups are at odds with one another? This presentation will explore how student protests in South Africa challenge institutional structures to bring about social change in a democratic state that is still in many ways defined by institutions that reflect its segregated and racial history.

Presenter: Robyn Baragwanath, Graduate Student, UW-Madison

Hausa Language and Culture
5th Quarter Studio (2nd Floor)

Come and join Alibaba to learn about one of Africa’s most widely spoken and important languages. The presentation will discuss cultural norms and values of Hausa speakers in Nigeria. You will also learn some Hausa greetings and phrases!

Presenter: Alibaba Sanchi, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Nigeria

A Place Based Approach to Development in Uganda
Alumni (2nd Floor)

Come to learn about ongoing development collaborations between the University of Wisconsin and rural communities in Uganda. The session will explore public health initiatives in the Lweza community in Uganda and discuss local and global perspectives on development.

Presenter: John Ferrick, Director of International Programs, CALS UW-Madison

From Africa to Wisconsin: Young leaders make their mark through the Mandela Washington Fellowship
Industry (3rd Floor)

While many Madison residents jet off on vacations during the summer months, for the second year in a row, a cohort of 25 accomplished and brilliant young African leaders will just be arriving on the UW-Madison campus. This session explores the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a program of the U.S. State Department, that brings 1,000 young African leaders to universities around the country for a six-week leadership institute. The fellows, ages 25-35, are budding game changers, often already leading organizations, businesses and government programs in their own countries, and they are eager to learn and engage with Wisconsinites from the moment they land. Come learn about the program, about the fellows and how you may be able to get involved in summer 2017!

Presenter: Meagan Doll, YALI Coordinator, UW-Madison

Women in the Workplace: Gender and Development in Uganda
Northwoods A (3rd Floor)

Gender equality is a global issue. In this session, we will learn about gender representation in top management positions in Uganda. The session considers how gender representation affects micro and macro development in the country and the possibilities for gender equality in Ugandan workplaces.

Presenter: Agnes Muyanga, Graduate Student, UW-Madison

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