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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
December 6, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Tshepo Institute, Program

Laurier Brantford contemporary studies professors Dr. Lamine Diallo and Dr. Peter Farrugia have seen firsthand the adversities African peoples face on a daily basis. In addition to their numerous international research projects, both have travelled to Africa to assist frontline workers in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Knowing Laurier could do more to support African aid efforts, Diallo and Farrugia established the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA), Laurier Brantford’s first research centre.

“We’re hoping to not only raise awareness of the significant challenges facing the people of sub-Saharan Africa, but also the immense resources in cultural vitality and creative thinking that are being marshaled to meet those challenges,” says Farrugia.

The objectives of the Tshepo Institute include fostering research partnerships with academics in sub-Saharan Africa; providing practical assistance to African community development organizations; raising awareness of the significant issues confronting contemporary Africa; and facilitating student and faculty exchanges with institutions in Botswana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and other African states.

“As a university, we should be doing more than just teaching,” says Diallo. “We should be involved in the global community, and the challenges Africa faces are some of the greatest we’ve ever seen. This institute will facilitate international collaboration, support faculty research, and provide a learning opportunity for students"