CCSU sociology professor granted African Diaspora Fellowship

Published on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:32
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - A Central Connecticut State University sociology professor is one of 55 recipients of a 2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship.

Dr. Fumilayo Showers, assistant professor of sociology at CCSU, was chosen out of applicants from across the United States and Canada for the fellowship awarded through the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

The program pairs African host institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda with an African-born scholar to work on host-submitted projects in research collaboration, graduate student teaching, and curriculum co-development. Showers will work with the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

“As someone who left the continent at the age of 18 and never had the opportunity to experience college education in Africa, this fellowship opportunity is particularly meaningful for me,” Showers said a press release. “I look forward to learning from my colleagues and from my interactions with students as much as I intend to share my own knowledge and expertise.”

From June 4 to Aug. 4, Showers will travel to Ghana to work with Dr. Brempong Osei-Tutu, a professor of Sociology at UCC. Together they will create curriculum and the framework for a collaborative research project on diasporic migrations, labor and development in Africa.

“Dr. Showers is an asset to our university, and I am so pleased she will be able to share her talents with her colleagues in Ghana,” said CCSU President Zulma R. Toro. “CCSU is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution, and we are proud of Dr. Showers for taking our commitment to education and community-building to the global level.”

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. A total of 335 African Diaspora Fellowships have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2013.

The visiting Fellows will work with their host institutions on projects that will advance scholarship in several areas of study, including peace and conflict studies, emergency medicine, criminal justice, the preservation of African indigenous knowledge, engineering, microbiology and more, according to the release.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:32. Updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:34.