Reimagining Women Leadership Through Inclusive Community Engagement: Higher Education Resource Services - East Africa (HERS-EA)

Universities have a responsibility to serve their societies and communities through access to education, resources, expertise, and consultancy. Yet within a hypercompetitive global higher education sector that champions internationalisation, local needs can be neglected or deprioritised. This series of seminars showcases a range of projects exploring higher education institutions’ civic responsibilities towards their wider societies and communities.

Higher Education Resource Services -East Africa (HERS-EA) is a women-centred leadership program for women in 7 African countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. In this seminar, the founders will outline how low-resource, engaged scholarship has mobilised researchers in Higher Education to engage with women-specific issues in the community and produce publishable manuscripts, for the benefit of researchers, communities, and policy makers.

Naomi Lumutenga is a mobiliser, activist and public speaker. She is founder and executive director of Higher Education Resource Services -East Africa (HERS-EA).  She has over thirty years’ experience within the international education and development sectors, across a range of senior roles including Assistant Head at Maidstone Grammar School, Kent, UK and consultant to the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sport. She has delivered numerous keynote addresses, including the recent International Conference for Women in Science, Business, Leadership and Innovation for Development at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Prof. Margaret Khaitsa is Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, USA.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S Fulbright Scholar Fellowship Award (2020/2021), MSU President's Commission on the Status of Women Faculty Award (2017), the Outstanding Faculty Woman Award 2017, and the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Award (twice, in 2014 and 2017).  She is the co-founder of Higher Education Resource Services -East Africa (HERS-EA), an NGO advancing women’s leadership.

Booking details

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