as.tufts.edu/politicalscience/newsEvents/newsletters designed, written, edited and circulated by me
The re-installment of this annual newsletter reconnects the alumni community with the department and raises money for professor and student research. Construction involved interviewing alumni, professors, and students.
A semesterly publication I established to engage undergraduate majors with the Political Science department, promote courses and events, and showcase professor and student achievements.
Through working at Tufts University, I became close with Professor Pearl Robinson, whose area of expertise in African Politics had brought her to learn about Mama Kiota, the Nigerien leader of a Sufi Muslim women’s movement with over 200,000 members across West Africa. This led to Professor Robinson creating a documentary in 2016 about Mama Kiota to spread awareness about her association, which has provided education and resources to Muslim women and children in Niger since 1965.
In October of 2017, I became instrumental in helping Professor Robinson organize an award ceremony at Tufts to honor Mama Kiota. I raised funding for the event from Tisch College of Civic Life, corresponded with Mama’s association’s members in Niger to arrange for a tandem event there, coordinated a video message from Niger’s Ambassador to the United States, Hassana Alidou, in both English and French to be played at the ceremony, and organized speeches to be given by Mama Kiota’s son, Tufts’ Muslim Chaplain, and Harvard Divinity School’s Ousmane Kane during the ceremony. I sent out the invitations, made the flyers and programs, edited the event’s video footage and created a website to showcase the event and all of Professor Robinson’s work.
I am still working with Professor Robinson to create an english dub of her documentary and add her research to the website, so that it can become the leading English resource on Mama Kiota and her inspiring work.