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Date and time: 
Thu, 2014-12-18 07:26
Location / Venue: 

Univerity of Nairobi, main campus

Ms Edna Mutua, an African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellow 2013, and her mentor Dr. Salome Bukachi in conjunction with University of Nairobi Anthropology Students Association (UNASA) and the Institute,  held a role modeling event on the 31st of October, 2014.  The event, themed hidden Success, Emerging opportunities focused on the role social scientists play in Agriculture, was held at the Education Building Lecture Theatre I in the main campus. An overwhelming number of Masters and undergraduate (1st – 4th Year) students were in attendance.

The event was officiated by Dr. Bukachi, a Senior Research Fellow on behalf of the Director, IAGAS.  Mr. Dennis Khamati, a Research Fellow in the Institute graced the event and spoke about the diversity in application of anthropological skills. The highlight of the day was Ms. Mutua’s presentation on personal development which specifically addressed having and implementing one’s purpose, continuous learning, self-evaluation and managing positive and constructive feedback, networking and the importance of having a mentor and mentoring others. Ms Mutua is a Phd. student at IAGAS and a graduate fellow in the Food Safety and Zoonoses team at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Other Key speakers included: Dr. Elizabeth Waithanji, a Consultant Gender Scientist at ILRI, who talked about the difference between diversification and career diversion; Ms Agatha Mumbua, a social scientist (Alumnus, IAGAS) at the Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organisation (KALRO), who talked about the contributions of social science in agriculture research and development and Ms Millicent Liani (Alumnus, IAGAS), a Research Technician in the Livelihoods, Gender and Impact team at ILRI, who shared her personal experiences on building a career in Agriculture.

Also in attendance were other alumni: Mr Paul kizito, a Lecturer at Kenyatta University, who urged students to take their training in Anthropology seriously and consider their specializations to be as good and relevant as other science specializations; and Ms Maria Ngutu, a social scientist at the Partners in Health and Research Development, who encouraged the students to widen their scope when looking for opportunities through which to apply their anthropological skills.

Based on the feedback from the students, more mentorship and role modeling sessions should be held to help focus and guide students better as they steer through University education.

                   Dr. Salome Bukachiopening the event


                Ms Liani making her presentation


         Ms Agatha making her presentation


                       Consultation between speakers




                      Question and answer session



            Demonstration on importance of networking






    Seated from left mr Khamati Dr Bukachiand Ms Waithaji



                                   Group Photograph



                             Ms Edna Mutua


Expiry Date: 
Mon, 2018-12-31 07:26
Contact Person: 

Director Ins titute of Anthropoloy, gender and African Studies

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