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03 Dec

Munk School launches Black Diaspora Excellence Scholarship

December 3, 2020 | By |

The scholarship will support students from the Black diaspora who seek to join the Master of Public Policy or Master of Global Affairs program.

The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy grapples with some of the world’s toughest challenges. At a time when countries are reckoning with systemic racism, climate change, and a global health crisis that has exposed the fragility of our social and economic structures, expertise in global affairs and public policy has never been more urgently needed.

That is why we are writing to you today — to ask you to support the education and training of a diverse group of aspiring leaders who have the knowledge, skills and passion to create a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable society. (Click here to donate now).

The brightest, most creative and most entrepreneurial students come to the Munk School from across Canada and around the world because they want to make positive changes. They represent a rich diversity of lived experiences; tapping and nurturing that diversity is crucial if future leaders are to address the systems that marginalize, oppress and exclude.

alt_textJudith Nwachebelu was one of these students. In 2018, she traveled to Toronto from her home in Nigeria to pursue a Master of Global Affairs at the Munk School. She wanted to build a career as a global leader, and she sought access to the world-class faculty, students, alumni and resources of the Munk School and the University of Toronto. But academic life in an expensive city and so far from her support networks was even more difficult than she had anticipated, and she struggled to meet all the costs. She persevered, and she graduated, but she learned along the way how important it is to have access to dedicated support systems that address the specific challenges and barriers faced by students like herself.

As a result, she made an inaugural donation for future scholars, launching what is now the Munk School Black Diaspora Excellence Scholarship. With her contribution, Judith hopes to make it easier for students from African countries to benefit from the transformative education she was able to access at the Munk School.

“Because of the difficulties I faced securing funds for my education, I wanted to give back to African students coming to the program each year,” says Judith. “I really want to make it a bit easier for them.”

The scholarship will support students from the Black diaspora who seek to join the Master of Global Affairs or Master of Public Policy programs. It’s a powerful start, and we are hoping all members of the Munk School community will join together to grow the scholarship so it can have a sustainable impact.

Will you help create opportunity for more students like Judith?

The Munk School Black Diaspora Excellence Scholarship aims to help attract and remove barriers for students from diverse backgrounds. As part of our alumni community, we are asking you to donate today in support of the Black Diaspora Excellence Scholarship. Your contribution — no matter the size — helps us to leverage matching funds to ensure that exceptional Black students from around the globe have access to the opportunities they deserve.

Join us!

Learn more and donate.

Munk School Black Student Association Executive Team (2020- 2021)

  • Ruvimbo Chidziva (Co-President-MGA)
  • An-Noûra Compaoré (Co-President-MPP)
  • Sapphira Thompson-Bled (Director of External Affairs-MGA)
  • Jennifer Oduro (Director of External Affairs-MPP)
  • Kuuku Quagraine (Director of Finance)
  • Tabitha Oni (Director of Activities)
  • Adam Lake (Director of Advocacy)

Should you have any questions, please contact Monica Hahm, Director of Development at monica.hahm@utoronto.ca