The BHER Team

Wenona Giles (Project Director) | Email: wgiles@yorku.ca | Website: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/anth/faculty/wgiles/

Wenona Giles Wenona Giles is a Professor, Anthropology and Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS),York University. She is a long-time researcher who has taught and published in the areas of migration (including forced migration), refugee issues, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, work, globalization, war. Her articles and books include co-edited publications: Development and Diaspora: Gender and the Refugee Experience (Artemis, 1996); Refuge Special Issues on Gender Relations and Refugee Issues (1995) and with Sarah Dryden-Peterson on Higher Education for Refugees  (2010-11). She is lead co-editor of Feminists under Fire: Exchanges across War Zones(2003); and a co-editor with Jennifer Hyndman of Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones(2004). She co-founded and co-coordinated the International Women in Conflict Zones Research Network (1993-2004). Her SSHRC funded research with Hyndman (2005-2009) on protracted refugee situations focuses on Somali refugees in Kenya and Afghan refugees in Iran. They are currently writing a book based on their research. She is principal investigator for a SSHRC grant (2011-13) “The Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya” and co-lead with Don Dippo on a MasterCard Foundation Grant: Reaching Higher: The Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya.


Don Dippo (Co-Lead) | Email: ddippo@edu.yorku.ca

Don Dippo

Don Dippo is a University Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. His interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge, environmental and sustainability education, global migration and settlement; university/community relations; and teacher education. He serves on the Executive Committee of  the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a not-for-profit organization that supports high school youth in Toronto’s Jane/Finch community.


Aida Orgocka (Project Manager)

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Aida Orgocka is the BHER Project Manager. She received her PhD degree in Human and Community Development with a minor in Gender Relations in International Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She has worked in applied and academic settings, as well as fund-raised for research initiatives in areas of women’s rights, gender, civil society, aid and migration in countries in Eastern Europe, Eastern Africa, South Asia, South America and North America. Aida has been contracted by UN agencies, national and local government, NGOs, academic institutions and for-profit entities to engage in policy making, research, program management and evaluation of social development projects.


Emily Antze (Program Administrator)

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Emily Antze is an experienced manager of overseas community development projects and holds an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies/Comparative, International and Development Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Before joining BHER she was as a Program Manager for Canadian NGOs International  Development and Relief Foundation and World Literacy Canada; in her previous roles she has overseen multiple CIDA-funded projects in the education and health sectors and has worked in Ghana, India, Nepal and Zambia.As the Program Administrator for the BHER project, Emily’s work encompasses both Program Support and Education Program components.  She is based at York University but collaborates closely with field staff in Kenya.


Richard Tsalwa (Local Project Liaison)

Richard Tsalwa

Richard Tsalwa is the BHER Local Project Liaison based in Dadaab. He holds a B.Ed. and an MA in Sociology, Rural Sociology and Community Development from the University of Nairobi. Richard has extensive teaching experience in schools and community settings and profound knowledge regarding the delivery of education programs in East Africa. Before joining BHER, Richard worked as an Education Programs Officer for the Education with Humanitarian Aid and Development Organization based in Khartoum, Sudan. Prior to that, he was a teacher for over 10 years, five of them as an administrator in various international schools in Kenya.


Kenneth Saita

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Kenneth Saita joined BHER in December 2013. He has a B.Sc. in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology. He has extensive experience in system administration, network administration and technical support. Prior to joining BHER, Kenneth worked as an IT officer for a private Internet Service Provider (ISP) and in the banking sector in Nairobi.


Agnes Chepkirui

Agnes Chepkirui

Agnes has a B.Ed (Early Childhood Education) from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Gender, Women and Development Studies. She has worked with youth community based organizations to mentor youth through career choice, in teacher training colleges specifically handling trainings, in administration and research in education programmes and, towards joining BHER, was at Bridge International Academies serving within their recruiting and training department.


Ian Tytler (CPA, CA Finance Manager)

Wenona Giles (Project Director) | Email: wgiles@yorku.ca | Website: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/anth/faculty/wgiles/

wgilesWenona Giles is a Professor, Anthropology and Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS),York University. She is a long-time researcher who has taught and published in the areas of migration (including forced migration), refugee issues, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, work, globalization, war. Her articles and books include co-edited publications: Development and Diaspora: Gender and the Refugee Experience (Artemis, 1996); Refuge Special Issues on Gender Relations and Refugee Issues (1995) and with Sarah Dryden-Peterson on Higher Education for Refugees  (2010-11). She is lead co-editor of Feminists under Fire: Exchanges across War Zones(2003); and a co-editor with Jennifer Hyndman of Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones(2004). She co-founded and co-coordinated the International Women in Conflict Zones Research Network (1993-2004). Her SSHRC funded research with Hyndman (2005-2009) on protracted refugee situations focuses on Somali refugees in Kenya and Afghan refugees in Iran. They are currently writing a book based on their research. She is principal investigator for a SSHRC grant (2011-13) “The Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya” and co-lead with Don Dippo on a MasterCard Foundation Grant: Reaching Higher: The Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya.


Don Dippo (Co-Lead) | Email: ddippo@edu.yorku.ca

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Don Dippo is a University Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. His interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge, environmental and sustainability education, global migration and settlement; university/community relations; and teacher education. He serves on the Executive Committee of  the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a not-for-profit organization that supports high school youth in Toronto’s Jane/Finch community.


Aida Orgocka (Project Manager)

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Aida Orgocka is the BHER Project Manager. She received her PhD degree in Human and Community Development with a minor in Gender Relations in International Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She has worked in applied and academic settings, as well as fund-raised for research initiatives in areas of women’s rights, gender, civil society, aid and migration in countries in Eastern Europe, Eastern Africa, South Asia, South America and North America. Aida has been contracted by UN agencies, national and local government, NGOs, academic institutions and for-profit entities to engage in policy making, research, program management and evaluation of social development projects.


Emily Antze (Program Administrator)

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Emily Antze is an experienced manager of overseas community development projects and holds an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies/Comparative, International and Development Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Before joining BHER she was as a Program Manager for Canadian NGOs International  Development and Relief Foundation and World Literacy Canada; in her previous roles she has overseen multiple CIDA-funded projects in the education and health sectors and has worked in Ghana, India, Nepal and Zambia.As the Program Administrator for the BHER project, Emily’s work encompasses both Program Support and Education Program components.  She is based at York University but collaborates closely with field staff in Kenya.


Richard Tsalwa (Local Project Liaison)

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Richard Tsalwa is the BHER Local Project Liaison based in Dadaab. He holds a B.Ed. and an MA in Sociology, Rural Sociology and Community Development from the University of Nairobi. Richard has extensive teaching experience in schools and community settings and profound knowledge regarding the delivery of education programs in East Africa. Before joining BHER, Richard worked as an Education Programs Officer for the Education with Humanitarian Aid and Development Organization based in Khartoum, Sudan. Prior to that, he was a teacher for over 10 years, five of them as an administrator in various international schools in Kenya.


Ian Tytler (CPA, CA Finance Manager)


Marta Bak (Graduate Research Assistant)

Marta Bak

Marta Bak is an M.A. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at York University (Toronto, Canada), where she also obtained her B.A. in Social Anthropology and International Development. Marta is passionate about peaceful resolutions to conflicts, national, international and global. She strongly believes that nonviolence as political action is possible and necessary. Marta’s M.A. research focuses on the experiences of the female partners of Canadian male soldiers who were deployed into combat during the war in Afghanistan (2001-2011). More specifically, her work looks at the ways in which ideas about gender differences and subordination have influenced the ways in which the Canadian military and media have ignored women and their experiences of violence. Marta has completed the York University Centre for Refugee Studies’ Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration. She has been working for the BHER Project since September 2012, first, by providing support in various aspects of fundraising activities and second, by supporting the work of the Partnership and the Gender and Equity Committees. Prior to undertaking her M.A. Marta has worked at a Toronto based NGO that provided immediate and more long-term assistance to refugees and immigrants living in Toronto.

Research interests: feminist theory, militarization, nationalism, war, violence and gender.


Danielle Bishop (Graduate Research Assistant)

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Danielle Bishop is currently doing a PhD in Health Policy and Equity Studies at York University. Her scholarly interest lies in the broad areas of political economy, human rights, health equity and the politics of humanitarianism. She is especially interested in how health, particularly maternal-child and reproductive health in contexts of displacement, is embedded in material-discursive social relations of representation and power, particularly the degree to which global geopolitics and contemporary humanitarian governance intersect and affect the legal, political and social determinants of maternal-child and reproductive health and policy outcomes in refugee contexts. She has worked in this area of research as a social worker in Mindanao, Philippines and has previous field work in Zimbabwe, Africa, in both hospital and camp settings.


Negin Dahya (Graduate Research Assistant) | Email: negin.dahya@gmail.com

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Negin Dahya is a PhD candidate, Faculty of Education, York University (Toronto). Her doctoral research explores postcolonial feminist theory in relation to digital media and learning. Important aspects of Dahya’s work focus on feminist perspectives relating to how women and girls in under-served communities work with media and technology. Dahya’s research is focused on the portrayals and representations of pop/culture and social justice issues in a broad scope of both formal and informal educational contexts, as they relate to or are produced by girls and women. In addition, Dahya is involved in research in education and refugee studies, with a particular interest in the ways in which information and communication technologies impact social structures, gender, learning and engagement in the refugee camp context.From 2005-2012, Dahya worked in the education department of the National Film Board of Canada developing and facilitating arts based educational programs in film and animation. Dahya worked as Managing Editor of the journal REFUGE until January 2012 and will be teaching EDUC 3900: Studies in Pop Culture in the Faculty of Education, York University, July 2012.  Research interests: postcolonial feminist theory, critical and emancipatory pedagogy, digital media and learning, information and communication technologies in education, popular culture, social justice.


Laurie Baker (Graduate Research Assistant)

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Laurie Baker is a PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, York University (Toronto). Her Master’s research explored the relationship between social science research on issues of immigration, refugee settlement, diversity and integration and policy development in Canada through analysis of the Metropolis Project. This research traced the means through which research, funded through the Metropolis Project, was directed towards policy development, with varying results. Her current doctoral research queries how US evangelical technical directors learn to use professional audio, video and lighting technologies to engineer contemporary worship practice. What discourses of the body are engaged and worked through in practice? How is mediated worship practice conceptualized and undertaken amidst discourses that question the role and efficacy of technology? In addition to this research, which is in the final stages of preparation as a dissertation, Laurie served as a social media analyst and communications specialist for the BHER Project.


Dacia Douhaibi (Graduate Research Assistant)

Dacia Douhaibi

Dacia Douhaibi is a doctoral student at York University, studying the linkages between large scale development, process of territorialization and forced migration. Dacia holds an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Between these degrees, Dacia also worked on several community development projects in Asia and Africa. Currently, Dacia sits on the board of a Canadian based charitable organization, Vulnerable Children’s Society, which partners with Ethiopian NGOs to support children through health and educational challenges. Dacia is a research assistant for the BHER project and works in partnership with the New Scholars Network to implement a mentorship program that links students across the world with students in the BHER program.


Michaela Hynie (Research Advisor)

Michaele_HynieMichaela Hynie is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Director ofYork Institute for Health Research (YIHR) at York University. Her general research interests in how to use research as a means for social change, both directly through the process of research itself and indirectly by generating research findings that can be used for activism. Dr. Hynie conducts research on culture, immigration status and health inequities and how basic interpersonal or social psychological processes are affected by culture. Dr. Hynie also founded the Program Evaluation Unit at YIHR, a unit that supports not-for-profit organizations in conducting program evaluations.


Jennifer Hyndman (Research Advisor)

Jennifer_HyndmanJennifer Hyndman is a Professor and the Associate Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, as well as a member of the Workshop Organizing Committee and co-applicant of the SSHRC-funded Refugee Research Network. She has published extensively on heographies of forced migration/immigration; humanitarian aid in response to conflict/asylum/disasters; refugee (re)settlement; critical and feminist geopolitics; and gender and conflict zones. She is currently involved in a SSHRC-funded project on the globalization of long-term refugee camps.Her critical analyses on how policies created in the Global North have impacted on the duration of protracted refugee situations, and how the lack of opportunities, particularly of access to tertiary education has impacted on these populations will be important to the Dadaab workshops.


Susan McGrath (Research Advisor)

smcgrathSusan McGrath is Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, as well as a member of the Workshop Organizing Committee and PI of the SSHRC-funded Refugee Research Network. Her research interests include: refugee women’s mental health, community education and practice, and community-based social development. Dr. McGrath has been involved in community development and educational initiatives in neighbourhoods with large populations of immigrants and refugees for a number of years, including access to tertiary education. Her recent work in Sudan on the vocational and training needs of the ex-combatants is very relevant to the themes being addressed in this workshop.She brings her experience as the Director of the international Refugee Research Network (RRN)and as President of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration to this project.


Joseph Mensah (Research Advisor)

Joseph_MensahJoseph Mensah is a Professor of Geography and the Coordinator of International Development Studies at York University. His research focuses on issues of globalization and culture, transnational migration, health, and African development. He recently led a team of researchers to evaluate Ghana’s National Health Insurance for the Gates Foundation and the Global Development Network (GDN). Professor Mensah has received several competitive awards and grants from the likes of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), The International Labour Organization (ILO), and GDN. He has written several journal articles and books, including the well-received Black Canadians: History, Experience, and Social Conditions (Fernwood, 2002 & 2010);Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa [edited] (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).


Michele Millard (Advisor)

MMillardMichele Millard is the Coordinator of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, the Project Coordinator of the Refugee Research Network and previously the Volunteer Coordinator at theCanadian Centre for Victims of Torture. A former member of the Executive Committee at the Canadian Council for Refugees as well as of the Community Council at the Salvation Army’s Immigrant and Refugee Services, Michele is currently President of the Board of Sojourn House, a refugee shelter and transitional housing unit for refugees in Toronto. She has been volunteering for organizations providing settlement, protection and advocacy services to refugees and refugee claimants for the last 10 years. Michele holds a Master’s degree in Art History from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Toronto.


Beryl Pilkington (Research Advisor)

Beryl_PilkingtonBeryl Pilkington is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Research and Graduate Education in the Faculty of HealthSchool of Nursing, at York University. Dr. Pilkington entered nursing with a diploma and worked as a staff nurse (Labour and Delivery) for 10 years. She obtained a BScN degree from the University of Western Ontario (1985) and an MScN degree from the University of Toronto (1987), after which she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in maternal-newborn and women’s health for five years. In 1992, she worked as a CUSO ‘cooperant’ in Nigeria in a program for women with vesico-vaginal fistulae. She earned a PhD in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago in 1997.From 1996-1999, Beryl held the position of Nurse Researcher/Special Projects at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. Her current faculty appointment to the School of Nursing at York commenced in 1999.Completed research has focused on quality of life and lived experiences with various populations including persons with diabetes living on a low income, persons living with stroke, women with gynecologic cancer, women in an abusive relationship, and elders living in long-term care. Her research expertise is with qualitative methodologies. Beryl is contributing editor and a member of the referee panel for Nursing Science Quarterly.

Ahmed Hussein Abudullah (Community Researcher  - Ifo)

Ayan Mohamed Hassan (Community Researcher – Ifo)

Bedel Andi Jama (Community Researcher – Hagadera)

Farah Issack Mohamed (Community Researcher – Dagahaley)

Ibrahim Ismail Mohamed (Community Liaison)

Mohamed Hassan Dakane (Community Researcher  - Dagahaley)

Mohamed Nageye Dinbil (Community Researcher – Hagadera)

Musa Mohamed Dubat (Community Researcher – Dadaab/Fafi)

Yussuf Omar Kund (Community Researcher – Dadaab/Fafi)

Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University Logo One of Kenya’s leading public institutions, Kenyatta University is dedicated to its core functions of teaching, learning, research and service to community, the nation and the world. In addition to the main campus, which is located on expansive grounds approximately twenty kilometres north of Nairobi city on Thika Road, the University has ten other campuses spread across the country. Kenyatta University has fourteen schools which run a rich array of programmes in diverse ways including full-time, part-time, face-to-face, online, day and evening.


Olive Mugenda (Research Development Advisor)

Prof-Olive-Mugenda-VCOlive Mugenda is current Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University as well as Professor in the Department of Community Resource Management Extension. She has had an illustrious career at the University where she has been Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and now the first woman Vice-Chancellor of a public university in the East Africa region. Dr. Mugenda has, over the years, built an international reputation as a university teacher and researcher.Dr. Mugenda obtained a Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi in 1979. Her masters and PhD degrees in Family Studies and Consumer Economics were obtained from Iowa State University. She has supervised numerous Masters and PhD theses and won several research grants and served as technical adviser and resource person to numerous workshops in and outside Africa. Among the numerous researches she has carried out, perhaps the current one on Improving the Performance of Girls in Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools serves as a model project that has been nominated for a Commonwealth Education award. She has published numerous scholarly papers and books and she has received several scholarly awards. Dr. Mugenda serves on the board of a number of continental and global bodies including the Association of African Universities (Board Member) and International Association of University (Vice-President).


Josephine Gitome (Education Consultant)

Josephine_Gitome_DirectorJosephine Gitome is Director of the Regional Center for Capacity Development (ReCCaDe) at Kenyatta University. Since December 2009, this center has been mandated to offer skills upgrading short courses for higher education, private sector, and NGO institutions in the Eastern African Region. Her key areas of research include: youth counseling; HIV and AIDS preventive measures; community and poverty eradication; and gender-based studies. Her service to the community in Kenya includes being a founding organizing secretary to a teen’s association Puberty to Adulthood Camps Kenya (PACK) whose vision is to raise adults of integrity who are God fearing and have a focus in Life.

Dr. Gitome studied Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi for her Bachelor’s level and graduated in 1986 (Upper 2nd Class Honors). She completed her Master’s Degree in Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi and graduated in 1989 with a thesis entitled Pastoral Care and Counseling to Educated Young Adults in the PCEA Church Kikuyu Parish, Kenya. She obtainedhera PhD from Kenyatta University in 2003, focusing on Pastoral Adolescent Counseling. Dr. Gitome has served Kenyatta University as a lecturer for the last 19 years in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

She is our principal faculty contact with Kenyatta University and is a scholar who is knowledgeable of the Dadaab camps and has carried out research on youth education, poverty, gender and youth empowerment.


Stephen Njoka Nyaga (Research Advisor)

Syephen_Njoka_NyagaStephen Njoka Nyaga is currently the Head of Teaching Programmes, Publications and Tuition Facilities Section of Kenyatta University as well as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies and Community Development. His areas of research and publications are: inter-faith dialogue; conflicts management and post conflicts reconstruction; application of indigenous knowledge systems in contemporary education and infrastructural development and service delivery in rural and urban areas; integration of indigenous environmental education and development paradigms in enhancement of sustainable development; and the role of civil society organizations in attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He has been contributing and participating in national, regional and international academic workshops, conferences/symposia.

Dr. Nyaga holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts); Master of Arts (MA) and Ph.D. He has twelve (12) years of university teaching and research. He supervises and examines post-graduate theses and dissertations.

He is also working in the area of higher education and e-learning at KU.


Joseph Kurauka (Graduate Research Assistant)

josseph-karaukuJoseph Kurauka is a current Lecturer as well as a 3rd-year doctoral student in the School of Environmental StudiesDepartment of Environmental Studies and Community Development at Kenyatta University. He holds a Master of Environmental Science (M.Env.Sci) and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies of Kenyatta University, Kenya. His areas of research include effects of tree species on socioeconomic and environment in different agroecosystems. Professionally, Joseph is registered as an EIA/Audit Lead Expert with NEMA under the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 1999 and Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit Regulations 2003 and is a member of Kenya Wetlands Forum (KWF) and Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG). He has experience in working with host community within Garissa and neighboring counties when he was engaged in conducting initial environmental audit assignment of Arid Lands Resource Management Project II funded by the World Bank. His research interests include: Community development and Natural Resources Management.

Sarah Dryden-Peterson (Research Advisor and Educational Specialist| Email: sarah_dryden@post.harvard.eduSarah Dryden Peterson

Sarah Dryden-Peterson is Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University. Previously, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Comparative, International & Development Education Centre at the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on the connections between education and community development. She examines issues such as the role of social institutions in immigrant/refugee integration, the connections between education and family livelihoods, and transnational institution-building. Her work is situated in conflict and post-conflict settings in sub-Saharan Africa and with African Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada. She is concerned with the interplay between local experiences of children, families, and teachers and the development and implementation of national and international policy. Dr. Dryden-Peterson has taught middle school in Boston and founded non-profits in Uganda and South Africa.


Suzanne Hurley (Research Advisor)

Suzanne Hurley recently completed her doctoral studies in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Prior to this, as a civil engineer and project manager, she was involved with rural and urban water and sanitation development projects in Togo, Zambia, and Malawi as well as emergency relief in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad. Her areas of interest include planning and policy implementation, gender, the environment, and humanitarian assistance in international refugee camps.


Peter John Murphy (Videographer Consultant)

Peter_John_MurphyPeter Murphy is an award winning television reporter and anchor whose career spanned forty years from 1967 to 2007 and included coverage of some of most the important events in Canada and the world during that time for CKX TV in Brandon Manitoba; CJAY-TV, Winnipeg; CFTO-TV, Toronto and CBC-TV Toronto, and for twenty nine years as a senior National Correspondent and Anchor at CTV National News. Among the major stories he covered: the FLQ crisis in Quebec in 1970, almost every National Federal election since 1967, both Quebec referendums, the OKA crisis, the 1982 and 1991 recessions, the free Trade Negotiations in Washington D.C., the Ipperwash occupation, the Walkerton Tainted Water tragedy, the Iran Contra hearing in Washington, etc. During a stint as CTV’s London Correspondent from 1982 to 1984 Murphy covered the Falklands War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Lebanese Civil War, the NATO Summit of 1982, and the 1983 British election. From 1985 until 1999 Murphy frequently anchored on the CTV National News and on the CTV Weekend National News. Among the awards Murphy garnered were the RTNDA Charlie Edwards Network Award in 1996 and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for TV Spot news covered in 2005. Peter will be leading the development of video productions for the BHER project.

Moi University Logo Moi University is located in Eldoret, 300 km northwest of Nairobi, the Capital City of Kenya. It was established as the second university in Kenya in 1984. The University has a total of thirteen faculties, four directorates and two institutes. The total student population currently stands at 31,712, distributed as follows: Diploma 1,029, Undergraduate – 28,850, Masters – 1,577; Doctorates – 266 in programmes in various disciplines. Moi University is committed to providing quality education and services that meet the needs of its customers and stakeholders through relevant teaching, research and community service and partnership/collaboration. In this regard Moi University has partnered with three other institutions (York University, UBC and Kenyatta University) to broaden and facilitate access to higher education to refugee and local communities in Dadaab through the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) initiative. Moi & UBC will offer a two year Diploma in Teacher Education (DTE) for secondary school teachers. It is committed to providing quality work and learning environment grounded on intellectual and academic freedom, teamwork, quest for excellence, professionalism, discipline and continuous improvement of its products and services to achieve client/customer satisfaction.


Dr. Jackson K. Too (Research Advisor) | Email: cim@mu.ac.ke

jtooJackson K. Too is a Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Instruction and Educational Media. He has taught and conducted research in teacher training Colleges and the University. He has served as Postgraduate Director and Teaching practice Coordinator in Moi University. Currently, is the Head of Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Deputy Director of Kenya Association of Educational Administration and Management (KAEAM), a Professional body affiliated to the Commonwealth Association of Educational Administration and Management. He has supervised over thirty Masters and Doctoral students. He has co-authored one book, written two chapters in a book and published eleven papers in refereed journals. He has been involved in the development of a Teacher Education Diploma Program for Refugees in Dadaab camp.


Dr. Wanjiku Jennifer Khamasi

Wanjiku_Jennifer_Khamasi-1Wanjiku Jennifer Khamasi (Ph. D) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Science, Chepkoilel University College of Moi University. In addition to teaching, Wanjiku has served Moi University in various capacities. She is the former (1st) Director of the Institute for Gender Equity, Research and Development, IGERD (2005-2011). Previously she served as the Associate Dean, School of Education-Chepkoilel Campus (2002-2005) and Head of Family and Consumer Sciences Department (2003-2008). Wanjiku has held fellowships at International Center for Research on Women –Washington DC, 2003, African Population and Health Research Center Nairobi-2006 and in 2009/2010 she was awarded Erasmus Mondus Scholarship which was tenable at Karolinska Institute Sweden and University College London, UK in 2010. From 2005-2012, she was a member of the MU-K-VLIR-UOS Programme Steering Committee and the Project Leader for MU-VLIR-UOS-Gender Equity Project which institutionalized gender mainstreaming strategies at Moi University from September 2007 to April 2012. A graduate of UBC (PhD), UNB (M. Ed) and UON (B.Ed.), Wanjiku’s research interests include: teacher education, gender, participatory research methodologies, peace education, sexuality studies, cultural practices and gender based violence. She has taught and published in these areas and some of her articles and books include co-edited publications: Engaging Patriarchy: Challenges and Responsibilities for Educators and Policy Makers in Kenya (Moi University Press 2011), Perspectives on Selected Critical Gender Issues in Kenya and Beyond (Moi University Press 2011), New Wine Old Wine Skins, (Nova Publishers USA 2010) and Sexuality: An African Perspective. The Politics of Self and Cultural Beliefs (Moi University Press, 2005).


Emmy Kipsoi (Research Advisor)

Emmy_Kipsoi-copDr Kipsoi Emmy is the current Director at the  Institute of Gender Equity, Research and Development, Moi University (IGERD).www.mu.ac.ke/igerd. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations, in the School of Education where she served as the Head of Department (2007-2012) Emmy has been a member of MU-VLIR-UOS-Gender Equity Project which was instrumental in spearheading Gender mainstreaming activities within Moi University. She is a graduate of B.ED (Daystar University), M.ED (Kenyatta University) and Ph.D  (Moi University). Emmy’s research interests include Peace education, Teacher Education and Gender in education. She has co-authored a book Primary Teacher Education (The Jomo Kenyatta Foundations press) and published articles on the subjects of Teacher Education, Peace Education and Gender in education.


Isabella I. Mbai (Senior Lecturer and Dean school of Nursing)


Maureen K’opiyo (Education Consultant, Dadaab, Kenya)

Maureen_KopiyoMaureen K’opiyo has worked in UNHCR Dadaab Refugee camp for over 4 years in different capacities. Currently she is a Community Services Associate focused on the implementation of Education programme in the camp. K’opiyo holds a bachelors degree in Social work and a Masters degree in Sociology.


Jacqueline Strecker (The UNHCR Innovation & Education Team, Geneva, Switzerland)

Jacqueline_StreckerJackie Strecker has been a Research Awardee with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for the past two years. She was first with the Peace, Conflict and Development Program, and is currently working with the Evaluation Unit. Strecker was a SSHRC funded M.A. student in the Communication and Culture Program at York and Ryerson University. Her most recent IDRC supported research examined the integration of information communication technologies (ICTs) within protracted refugee camps in East Africa. This work built upon earlier thesis research conducted in 2008 when Strecker traveled to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, as a participant with the WUSC’s Refugee Study Seminar. During this time she served as an intern with FilmAid International and delivered pre-departure orientation sessions for Windle Trust Kenya. Strecker M.A. field research included a participatory photography project conducted in collaboration with the local refugee community.

Rita Irwin (Research Advisor)| Email: rita.irwin@ubc.ca

rirwinRita Irwin is a Professor of Curriculum Studies and Art Education, and Associate Dean of Teacher Education at the University of British Columbia. Rita has been an educational leader for a number of provincial, national and international organizations including being President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies and the Canadian Society for Education through Art, and is the current President of the International Society for Education through Art. Her research interests have spanned in-service art education, teacher education, socio-cultural issues, and curriculum practices across K-12 and informal learning settings. Rita publishes widely, exhibits her artworks, and has secured a range of research grants, including a number of Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants to support her work in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and beyond. Her most recent co-edited books include Revisions: Readings in Canadian Art Teacher Education (co-edited with Kit Grauer and Mike Emme) and Being with A/r/tography (co-edited with Stephanie Springgay, Carl Leggo, and Peter Gouzouasis). Rita is an artist, researcher, and teacher deeply committed to the arts and education. In recognition of her many accomplishments and commitments, she has received a number of awards for her scholarship, service and teaching including the distinction of Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association in the USA, the Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum Studies (CACS), the Canadian Art Teacher of the Year Award (CSEA) and the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring (UBC).Research interests: Teacher education, teacher development, socio-cultural issues, international education, arts education, arts based research, a/r/tography.


Samson Nashon (Research Advisor)

samson_nashonSamson Nashon is an Associate Director and Deputy Head in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on ways of teaching and learning. His area of specialization focuses on students’ alternative understandings that have roots in cultural backgrounds and curricula, and are accommodative of students with varying degrees of abilities. His research is dominantly qualitative, borrowing primarily from contemporary theories of constructivism. His most recent research projects include the ongoing Metacognition and Reflective Inquiry (MRI), East African Students’ Ways of Knowing (EASWOK), The Status of Physics 12 in BC, The Nature of Analogies Kenyan Physics Teachers Use, and Students’ Access To Senior Science and Mathematics Courses in Rural BC. Previous studies include, The Role of Practical Work in Science, and The Kind of Science in Kenyan “Harambee Schools.

Dr. Nashon’s experience as a former high school teacher of physics and mathematics, teacher educator, and as an editor of curriculum materials related to science, provides him with a lens through which he examines the link between theory and practice in the classroom, the nature of science curricula, how the curricula material is taught, and the role that students’ preconceptions play in the teaching and learning of such material. He is currently involved in teaching a physics methods course to preservice teachers, Foundations Research Methods, Action Research Methods, and several science education courses to graduate students.


Tom Sork (Research Advisor)

Tom-SorkTom Sork was born in Orange, California. He grew up on a farm and lived in Huntington Beach until the age of 14 when his family moved to Dixon, California where he attended high school, graduating in 1966. He attended Colorado State University where he received a B.Sc. in Agriculture (Animal Sciences) in 1970. Upon graduation he began work as a conference coordinator in CSU’s Office of Conferences and Institutes, his first professional work experience as an adult educator. While working there he began a part-time masters program in adult and continuing education and graduated with an MEd in 1973. From 1973-1975 he completed coursework toward the PhD in adult education at Florida State University during which he was an intern with FSU’s Division of Continuing Education. From 1975-1977 he served as Assistant Director of Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. During this time he also completed his doctoral thesis, graduating in 1978. His first full-time academic appointment was in the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he worked until 1981 when he accepted a position in the adult education program at the University of British Columbia where he currently teaches. His research and teaching focus on educational planning and professional ethics in adult education. His hobbies include various outdoor pursuits, photography and genealogy.

Dr. Marangu Njogu (Education Consultant)| Email: marangu@windle.org

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Marangu Njogu is the Executive Director for Windle Trust Kenya. He has over 28 years of professional experience in governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of national development and humanitarian work in a range of implementation, senior management, and leadership positions. He is currently responsible for overseeing the implementation of the WTK programs (English Language Program, Scholarship Programme, WUSC Programme and the Teacher Education Programme) in Kenya and management of project personnel to achieve the objectives agreed to in grants and contracts.

Doug Graham (Director of Programs)

Doug Graham-WUSCDoug Graham is the Director of Programs for the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and has worked for WUSC for over 16 years. Doug has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia. Doug has over 22 years of work experience in international development.Doug has previously been Country Director in Sri Lanka and Mongolia as well as Regional Director for Southern Africa based in Botswana. Doug has worked on projects and programs in the following areas: basic education and health; capacity building; community development; conflict and post-conflict development; emergency relief; entrepreneurship; gender; governance; HIV/AIDS programming; life skills; livelihoods; managing volunteers; participatory development; private sector linkages; project evaluation; refugee education; research; teaching; vocational and skills training; water supply and sanitation; and youth empowerment programming.

Doug’s overseas work has taken him to countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia.


Tom Tunney (Program Team)| Email: ttunney@wusc.ca

ttunneyTom Tunney is currently World University Service of Canada (WUSC)‘s Senior Manager of University and College Programming, a position he has held since April 2009. In this capacity, Tom is responsible for the delivery and expansion of WUSC’s work on Canadian campuses and engaging university faculty in WUSC’s development efforts overseas. He also manages WUSC’s Annual National Research Seminar. He holds a Master’s of Arts (Social Sciences – Collaborative Studies in International Development) from the University of Guelph.

Before joining WUSC, Mr. Tunney worked in the International Relations Division of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada where he managed CIDA-funded university linkage programs like the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development and Special University Linkage Consolidation Project and provided research and analysis on internationalization at Canadian universities and Canadian university contributions to international development.


Asni Mekonnen (Program Team)

Asni Mekonnen - WUSCAsni Mekonnen is a Senior Program Officer on the Student Refugee Program for the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Asni has a B.A. in Management and a Diploma in Social Work from Addis Abeba University in Ethiopia.

Asni joined WUSC- Ottawa in 1988 and has worked in Finance, the Ethiopia and Sudan desk on the Water and Sanitation Project, Scholarship Management, the Botswana Student Program, WUSC’s Volunteer Program and the Student Refugee Program in different capacities. As a program officer on the Volunteer Program, Asni was responsible for placing and monitoring Canadian volunteers in Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Asni worked longest with WUSC’s Student Refugee Program, selecting and placing sponsored student from asylum countries such as Kenya, Malawi and Thailand. Prior to coming to Canada in 1988 Asni worked in Management and Administrative positions, at the WUSC-Ethiopia Office in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia; with the Oxfam U.S. office in Addis Abeba; and with the Addis Abeba University’s Faculty of Education. Through her involvement in a number of key initiatives in recent years, Asni has contributed immensely to the creation of WUSC’s In-Camp strategy, where the provision of remedial classes became available for girls to address the education discrepancies in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

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