PITTSBURGH: Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene, Associate Professor of History; Cultural Studies; Conflict Studies; and Global Focus coordinator, at Chatham University was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to South Africa to work with Sol Plaatje University in South Africa and Dr. Jesmael Mataga on curriculum development to insert the Conflict Studies discipline in the curricular offerings of Sol Plaatje University and train a first cohort of 18 – 20 students in the fundamentals of the field “Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.”
Chatham University will eventually send, every year, students to Kimberley, South Africa, who would enroll in the program and simultaneously fulfill their 3-credit International Field Experience Core Curriculum Requirement with built-in service learning assignments.
The Sol Plaatje University project is one of 69 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities. Dr. Sene is one of 70 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health.
Now in its fourth year, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has helped 239 African-born scholars who have been living and working in North America to connect with their peers at universities throughout Africa.