Dr. Mary Gitau, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Clarke University, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to work with Professor Herman Kiriama at Kisii University on a project entitled Actualizing Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Social Work Curriculum Co-Development, and Graduate Student Training and Mentoring at Kisii University in Kenya.
This fellowship will allow Gitau to continue the work she began in Kisii, resulting from a 2018 Carnegie fellowship. The primary goal of the fellowship is to facilitate the actualization of the Center for Peace and Conflict. Gitau helped lay the foundation and vision for this center during her 2018 trip to Kenya. During this current fellowship, she will help create manuals and templates for short-term workshops for students, faculty, staff, and community leaders. These will help to learn concrete strategies that will enable them to be more aware of peace and conflict within their communities and equip them with knowledge and skills to create stronger, healthier communities.
Kisii University is located in a cosmopolitan city surrounded by several communities facing threats against their peace, and the communities are fighting against the invasion of their territory. Establishment of the Center for Peace, Social Justice, Equality, and Security will help address the infighting among communities and bring different stakeholders together for peaceful dialogue.