TUES. April 25, at 8PM | “From Soweto to DC: Youth Uprising” featuring Ndumiso Mngadi (Third Secreta
Dr. Menna Demessie is the Vice President of Policy and Research for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF), where she works on public policy issues relevant to African Americans. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Washington Center.
In her latest publication, Toward A More Inclusive America: African Americans & Voting Rights, she discusses the significance of restrictive voting law changes in the context of the Voting Rights Act and recent age discrimination.
Prior to joining CBCF’s staff, Dr. Demessie worked for U.S. Representative Barbara Lee as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow focusing on unemployment legislation, poverty, and foreign policy. Her honors include the NCOBPS Presidential Award for Outstanding Dedication and Association Congressional Fellow focusing on unemployment legislation, poverty, and foreign policy. Her honors include the NCOBPS Presidential Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service (2010), the Ginsburg Award for Community Service and Social Action (2010), the Congressional Research Award (2008), and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists Graduate Paper Award (2008).
Dr. Demessie holds a joint doctorate in Public Policy and Political Science as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science and Certificate in African American, African and Black Transnational Studies from the University of Michigan. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Law and Society from Oberlin College. She has been interviewed on NPR and other media outlets and currently serves on the Alumni board for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, on the advisory board of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), and has served as National Youth Coordinator for the Society of Ethiopians Established in the Diaspora (SEED) since 2000.
Ndumiso Mngadi is currently serving as the Third Secretary responsible for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to the United States of America. In this role, Ndumiso is responsible for coordinating the Embassy’s engagement with the American public on South Africa’s foreign policy and encouraging people-to-people relations between both countries. Before taking up this post in 2014, Ndumiso served as the Third Secretary responsible for Political Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 2011-2013. Ndumiso also served as a Foreign Service Officer under the African Union Directorate of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. He holds a Bachelor of Political Science Degree with a specialization in Political Studies and a Bachelor of Administration Honours Degree with specialization in Public Management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Khadija Khan is graduating with a BA in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University on May 20th, 2017. She lived in Cape Town, South Africa from July 2015 - August 2016 and studied Politics at the University of the Western Cape. She was involved with student activism in Cape Town upon her arrival, and was present for the outbreak of Fees Must Fall on October 19th. Khadija served as an active ally in the movement, which included writing articles, providing supplies, and helping facilitate communication between the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town, since she was involved with both school's movements. She made a documentary on women in the decolonization movement which premiered in November 2015. She received funding to conduct a formal research project in July 2016, entitled "Intersections of Student Activism: Black Queer Womxn's Imagination and South Africa's 2015-2016 Protests". She has since presented her research at various symposiums at Georgetown and at Harvard. Her work will be published in the South African feminist journal "Agenda" in the Fall 2017 edition.
She remains involved with the student movements today, and is currently working on the 3rd edition of the "Pathways to Free Education" public education pamphlet. Khadija is involved with student activism here in D.C. as well.