Otrude Moyo, Zimbabwean academic at University of Michigan awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

By Ashley Schafer

Otrude Moyo, chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Michigan-Flint has been named a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship from the Institute of International Education.

She joins a prestigious group of 385 scholars who have been awarded African Diaspora Fellowships to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

Moyo received the fellowship for her project, “Internationalizing the Social Work Curriculum: Breathing Life into New Possibilities, Integrating Local-Global Thinking about Social Problems to Rebuild Healthy and Vibrant Communities.” Moyo will collaborate with faculty at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa on the project.

Moyo, an assistant professor, specializes in social welfare, critical multiculturalism, diversity and social justice, understanding quality of life, and inequality issues. She currently teaches social policy, diversity and social justice courses at University of Michigan-Flint.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is a fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. It is offered by the Institute for International Education in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa. The program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Moyo came to University of Michigan -Flint in 2014 after previously teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Southern Maine. She is author of “Trampled No More: Voices from Bulawayo’s Townships about Families, Life, Survival and Social Change in Zimbabwe” and contributor to multiple academic journals as well as a poet.

Moyo received her Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University in 2001.

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