Odette Mukazi Mutanguha
Odette Mukazi Mutanguha is a development specialist of Rwandan descent who focuses on gender, social and peace issues. She is currently working with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Lusaka, Zambia as a Manager and a focal point for Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming.
I did not know that I was a refugee until one day in school in Uganda. I must have been six or seven years old. We were playing a skipping rope game with teams. I was very good at it jumping up and down in my little bare feet – I did not get shoes until I was much older. My team was winning. One of the other team’s children didn’t like that. “Go back to Rwanda, you are just a refugee!” What?
Odette has over 20 years of experience in leadership and senior management positions, working with
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Jaime Nolan, Ed.D. is Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity at the University of New Hampshire. For more than 20 years she has worked in diversity, community building, social justice, and intercultural advancement. She develops and provides tailored diversity training, mediation/conflict resolution, and community development to public and private organizations. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and BA and MA in American Studies from Washington State University 5. At the University of Minnesota, she co-developed and taught a course, The Dynamics and Complexity of Identity in a Multicultural World.” She also taught courses in Women’s Studies and Chicano Studies. At Colgate University, she developed the Breaking Bread program to develop working partnerships across difference.
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