Scholarships for Work and Study in Africa

Written by Laura Paskin
January 3, 2014

Professor Saheed Adejumobi, director of Global African Studies, announced travel grants for students Joyce Keeley and Logan Peppin. Through the university’s International Development Internship Program, Keeley, a senior, is headed to northern Kenya to work with Jesuit Refugees Services at the Kakuma refugee camp. Peppin, a junior, is going to continue her studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

“Global African Studies focuses on the importance of the intellectual and cultural history of the global African presence in world affairs,” Adejumobi said. “With these scholarships, the students will gain invaluable experiences on the African continent and a new perspective on their classroom activities.”

Keeley, who previously spent a year in East Africa and learned Swahili, will work with refugees who are taking online classes through Regis University. In addition to assisting the students in the coursework, she will provide an important liaison role with Regis as it evaluates its curriculum.

“The refugees at Kakuma come from Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, and neighboring countries,” Keeley said. “They will have access to a college education through the Regis program.”

Keeley will spend five months in Africa. After graduation in June with a major in International  Studies and a minor in Global African Studies, she plans to work with refugees and focus on long-term solutions for displaced persons.

Peppin will study at the University of Cape Town throughout the winter and spring quarters. Having extensively studied the rise and fall of apartheid, she is excited to meet South Africans and learn first-hand about their experiences.

“I know it will be a particularly interesting time to be in South Africa, coming so quickly after the death of Nelson Mandela,” she said.

Peppin, an International Studies major with a minor in Global Africa Studies, will graduate in June 2015 and plans to attend law school. While completing her senior year, she will clerk for a Seattle firm specializing in international humanitarian law.

“Joyce Keeley and Logan Peppin exemplify how our program prepares students for careers and leadership roles in law, human services and public health, cultural relations and international affairs, education, public relations, community development, and urban planning,” Adejumobi  said.  

Adejumobi has degrees from the University of Lagos, the University of Oregon, and The University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded his Ph.D.  He specializes in African and African American history and African Diaspora intellectual and cultural traditions.  His scholarship focuses on the role of the arts and humanities in African and African Diaspora decolonization and postcolonial narratives. Prior to joining the College of Arts and Science faculty, he taught at The University of Texas at Austin and Wayne State University in Detroit. In 2012-13 he was a visiting professor at Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, China.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 36 minors, 6 master’s degrees, and 1 post-baccalaureate certificate.