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Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFPFELLOW)

Dr. Esther Ohito (right) from the Rutgers University visits Maseno University

Maseno University, School of Education through Directorate of Linkages, Outreach and Consultancies partnered with the Rutgers University Department of Learning and Teaching through a program called Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship based on project activities such as curriculum co-development, research collaboration, and/or graduate student mentoring and training.

Maseno University is therefore proud to host Dr. Esther Ohito from the Rutgers University on the following project entitled “Education, Knowledge, and JoLuo of Western Kenya: Socially Just Teaching through Luo Language, Literature, and Culture.”

The articulated objectives for this fellowship are as follows:
1.    Curriculum Development: To assist teacher education faculty and students in developing arts curricula using knowledge of creativity in education for social change.
2.    Research Collaboration: To assist faculty and students in developing individual research projects and publications that allow for the dissemination of rigorous research in arts-based social justice education.


Inception meeting at the University Boardroom, and highlights of the workshop on Curriculum development and research collaboration

Phase I Activities (first visit):  Curriculum Development Project and Research 
Dates: April 3 - 18, 2022 (15 Days)

During her vistit, Dr. Ohito will meet the community, key partners and engage teacher education faculty and students for initial relationship-building and in pre-planning for a bi-lingual (English and Dholuo) book with lesson plans and teaching guides co-authored with faculty and students. The book is tentatively titled Education, Liberation, and JoLuo of Western Kenya: Socially Just Teaching Through Luo Language, Literature, and Culture. 

Dr. Ohito, signing a visitors book at the Maseno University's Vice-Chancellor's boardroom.

Dr. Esther Ohito’s Biography 

Dr. Esther Ohito is a curriculum and cultural theorist, literacy teacher educator, and education researcher who favors (Black) feminist qualitative approaches. She is interested in the entangled politics of blackness, gender, race, and knowledge production at the nexus of curriculum, pedagogy, embodiment, and emotion. 
She is a co-author of Equity & Excellence in Education , and a co-founder Black Girlhoods in Education Research Collective (BGERC).

She is currently an Assistant Professor of English Education, and Literacy Education, in the Department of Learning and Teaching at Rutgers University.