We started the year by conducting a temperature check on African students and their experiences on campus. This is helping us to outline our priorities for the year ahead. We wanted to ensure that as the Africa Initiative grows, we continue to support the needs of our students. We are asking students about the accessibility of internships on the continent, about their acclimating process on campus and about the insights they could pass on to future freshmen on campus. On the partnerships front, leadership development is fast becoming a central focus of our Initiative. In response to requests from our partners in Africa, we will be welcoming a number of African leaders for programs over the next few months. We also remain committed to bringing the best speakers to campus so that we continue to enhance and diversify the African discourse at Yale. I am pleased to end on such a high note as I say goodbye to the Yale Africa Initiative. It has been a special year for me at Yale and I will continue to support the efforts of the University on the continent. It is with great anticipation and excitement that I return home to Zimbabwe to develop my leadership and coaching practice. I am thankful for all of the support that you have given and until next time I say (in my native tongue) musare zvakanaka mese.
Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, Associate Director for Africa