Pamoja: “Together” Across Africa and at Notre Dame

The Pamoja ND-Africa Initiative is a vibrant cross-disciplinary space for Notre Dame to deepen its engagement with the African continent through collaborative research, teaching, innovation, and policy outreach. Translated as “Together” in Kiswahili, Pamoja draws together diverse expertise, experiences, voices, and strengths across and between the Notre Dame community and the African continent. Launched at the beginning of 2022 and funded by the Office of the Provost’s  Moment to See, Courage to Act Initiative, Pamoja is co-sponsored by Notre Dame International, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Pulte Institute for Global Development. The Pulte Institute’s Czesia Eid, Aimee Lyons, and Danice Guzmán directly support this Initiative with their expertise in administrative coordination and program management.

This past calendar year, Pamoja has hosted and co-hosted a variety of events on campus, including the Africa Graduate Conference (AGC) and the Mali Roundtable. This fall, Pamoja hosted a Brunch and Learn and a Student Event that brought students and other Notre Dame scholars across disciplines together to learn about Pamoja and the opportunities it provides to students. Those who presented at the brunch and lean. All these events provided African scholars across disciplines and trades the opportunity to exchange ideas and promote capacity building and sharing amongst stakeholders. These events have allowed Pamoja to connect with existing groups on campus, building onto its foundation for a long-lasting presence on campus in the years to come. There are several more Pamoja-related events planned for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Pamoja has officially launched its own website. For any questions about the program, or to be added to the listserv, please contact Czesia Eid.