Spring 2021 Newsletter GML Initiative Faculty Spotlight: Stephanie Boddie
Dr. Boddie has facilitated many opportunities for both our current cohort and other alumni.
With Dr. Boddie's help, both Belinda Onyango (MSW, '17) and Rosemary Wasike (MSW, '15), GML Alumni, successfully presented papers at The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race meeting at the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya. Belinda presented Advocacy against female genital mutilation in Northeastern Kenya, while Rose presented, Asset-based family and social development. Both have been encouraged to publish their work.
With Dr. Boddie’s encouragement and connections and funding from the GSSW, Shade Atanda (MSW ’21) was able to volunteer at The Society for Social Work Research annual conference in Washington, DC in January 2020. Shade was inspired by her interaction with scholars and other students, gaining a better appreciation for evidence-based scholarship and even exploring doctoral work as a result.
Dr. Boddie is also spearheading a new Transatlantic Roundtable edited volume which will include insights on the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportional impact on Black Health across the African diaspora. Shade Atanda (MSW ’21), Bruce Mukaba (MSW ’21), Joan Wanyama (MSW ’21), and Belinda Onyango (MSW, '17) will identify senior scholars and faith leaders in their home countries to co-author a 2,000 word essay to be included in the volume.
Dr. Boddie is also collaborating with Dr. Sungseek Moon (Professor and Carl and Martha Lindner Endowed Chair for Global Studies at the Garland School), Dr. Margaret Lombe (Associate Professor at Boston College School of Social Work), and Bruce Mukaba (MSW ’21) on research surrounding smoking cessation in Zambia.
Lastly, Dr. Boddie continues to work with Joy El Kazzi (MSW ’21) and Joan Wanyama (MSW '21) to turn their human trafficking project from Dr. Boddie’s policy class into a journal article. Dr. Boddie has shared with them resources on how to move forward and continues to meet with and connect them to other students studying and experts on this topic to ensure their success.
Thank you for blessing our students and our program, Dr. Boddie!