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Dr. Fumilayo Showers selected for Carnegie fellowship

Published: May 29, 2018

Dr. Fumilayo Showers, assistant professor of Sociology at Central Connecticut State University, has been awarded a 2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. She is one of 55 recipients of the prestigious fellowship, which draws applicants from the across the United States and Canada.

The fellowship is awarded through the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, which 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 lend her expertise to 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 says. “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."

Showers will travel to Ghana from June 4 to Aug. 4 to work with Dr. Brempong Osei-Tutu, a professor of Sociology at UCC. Together they will create curricula 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,” says 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 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.

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.

Dr. Fumilayo Showers, assistant professor of Sociology, has been awarded a 2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship.