Panel Talk: Higher Education in Rwanda, Tuesday, 10/19, 7:30-9:30pm

Tuesday, 10/19, 7:30-9:30pm

Join us for an evening of stimulating discussion on the challenges and opportunities of higher education in Rwanda with staff and students from representative institutions striving to make a difference. Our panel talk will offer several unique perspectives from members of Generation Rwanda and the Akilah Institute for Women, helping raise awareness of educational issues and encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences. Michael Brotchner is Executive Director of Generation Rwanda (formerly known as Orphans of Rwanda), a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping orphans and socially vulnerable young people in Rwanda pursue a university education and become leaders in driving economic development and social reconciliation. In May 2007, Michael joined Generation Rwanda as its first Executive Director. Previously, Michael was the Director of Development for the Fund for Public Schools, which secures private funding for the New York City Department of Education's reform efforts and develops public-private partnerships. Michael has also served on the Boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including Root Capital, which provides affordable financial services to enterprises operating in environmentally sensitive areas of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Michael holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with high honors from Wesleyan University. He is joined by Student Ambassadors, Patricie Uwase and Phillip Mulari who will reflect on their educational experiences and connection to Generation Rwanda. Gisele Bahati and Anita Umutoni, students from the newly opened Akilah Institute for Women, will similarly describe their aspirations and experiences. Akilah transforms the lives of young women by empowering them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to find meaningful employment and to serve as leaders in their communities. It opened in February 2010 with an inaugural class of 50 young women ages 18-25. This discussion will be moderated by Melissa Cushman, Coordinator of the Center for African Education. Introducing the speakers will be Soohyun Park, the Co-Chair of the African Studies Working Group. This event is jointly sponsored by the African Studies Working Group, Center for African Education, and Gottesman Libraries. Where: 306 Russell

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