Africa Institute Graduate Committee (AIGC)
The Africa Institute Graduate Committee (AIGC) of Western University, is a graduate student-led committee comprising of Masters and Doctoral students from an interdisciplinary background who are conducting or interested in conducting research within the African context. The AIGC provides a space for students to develop their research, enhance their student experience, contribute to important discussions and strive to solve key challenges facing the African continent.
The committee serves students across many faculties and programs with educational and learning opportunities to engage with other students both at Western and with African partners who share a common interest in collaborative work. This is achieved through speaker series and workshops, social events, blogging, ambassador programs, and funding to support research initiatives, knowledge translation and dissemination to mention a few. The committee also formally advises the Africa Institute’s steering committee to better meet the needs of graduate students.
Ultimately, the AIGC hopes to foster a broader perspective and understanding of Africa, encouraging Western University students to take an active interest and become critically engaged in supporting initiatives for sustainable change.
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My name is Akuah Frempong and I am proud to be the Secretary of the African Institute Graduate Committee this year! I am currently enrolled in the Management of Applied Science Global Health System in Africa stream and I hope to enact public health policy using an intersectional sense to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations in health systems around the world. My interests outside of the classroom include social justice, politics, movies, food, laughter and everything in between. If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Sloan Kudrinko is a Master’s of Management of Applied Sciences (MMASc) Candidate, specializing in Global Health Systems in Africa at Western University. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at the University of Windsor while playing for the Women’s Varsity Hockey team. During Sloan’s undergraduate degree, she realized that she wanted to increase her understanding of developing countries with the goal of creating new business strategies to help them grow and develop. Sloan aspires to improve global health systems in developing countries while utilizing a transdisciplinary approach to educate youth on different aspects of health. Sloan is also very interested in studying and improving healthcare and the well-being of vulnerable populations in general with a specific focus on women and children issues. Sloan’s main area of interest is oral health and hygiene and she plans to focus her future studies on the underlying cause and education regarding oral health and how it can relate to one’s overall health.
Dyana Wilkinson, born in the Yukon, completed her Undergraduate degree at Daystar University, Kenya, East Africa in 2010. Throughout her undergraduate career, Dyana conducted research and attempted to understand nepotism in politically unstable communities. Upon completion of her degree, Dyana trained and became a birth coach, providing post-partum support for women living in poverty. With
Dyana's research priorities are to encourage healthy births and prenatal and postnatal care for women living in poverty. Her goal is to help reduce maternal deaths and infant mortality rates in impoverished regions.
My name is Yvette Kabamba, a candidate in the Master of Management of Applied Sciences (MMASc), specializing in Global Health Systems in Africa at Western University. I graduated from Guelph University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Upon graduation, I worked in Ottawa for a global infant nutrition company for two years while volunteering with the Aids Committee of Ottawa (ACO) along with other organizations. While at ACO, I partnered with faculty from Ottawa University to work on a tri-city community-based participatory research aimed at informing health policies for women living with HIV. I also facilitated discussions and participated in education campaigns about the virus within the community. Within the African context, I am mainly interested in health service provision, delivery
Conversations with Africa: Blog Competition 2018
Conversations with Africa is a two-way dialogue between students at Western and students studying on the African continent meant to share ideas, engage with valuable initiatives, and meet challenges. Students write about a key issue or topic based on their expertise, research or experiences with Africa.