MONMOUTH, IL (09/09/2019) A scholar who has combined her research
with service to others will help dedicate Monmouth College’s Center for
Civic and Social Change on Sept. 14.
Esther Ngumbi, an
entomologist at the University of Illinois who has founded organizations
that empower farmers and youth in Kenya, will give the keynote address
at the dedication of the center.
The dedication will be at 4
p.m. in Mellinger Commons, which is located on the lower level of the
College’s Center for Science and Business.
Ngumbi was the
recipient of the 2018 Society of Experimental Biology Presidents Medal.
She is the founder of Oyeska Greens, an agriculture start-up in Kenya,
and “Spring Break Kenya,” an organization that mobilizes young
university students into public service.
“Dr. Ngumbi blends together her academic work and her passion for
service, something we hope will become the hallmark of our own center,”
said Monmouth political science professor Mike Nelson, who is director of the Center for Civic and Social Change.
and her parents co-founded the Dr. Ndumi Faulu Academy, an elementary
school in Kenya. She has served as a mentor for the Clinton Global
University Initiative and President Obama’s Young Leadership Program.
Her research at the University of Illinois includes work that addresses
drought stress faced by food crops.
Monmouth’s Center for
Civic and Social Change brings together five of the College’s dynamic
and interdisciplinary minors and programs: Global Public Health
Initiative, Global Food Security
Initiative, Peace Ethics and Social Justice, the Rural Schools
Collaborative, and the Peace Corps Preparation Program.
created to help students prepare for careers focused on making a
difference in the world, said Nelson, who helped lead the faculty-driven
initiative to create the center.
“This center will empower
our students so that they can lead lives that are directed toward the
betterment of societies and individuals’ lives throughout the world,” he
said. “We have seen an increase in students who want to make a
difference in the world, but they need direction about how to do it.”
Sept. 14 dedication will also include the launch of the web presence
for the Center for Civic and Social Change. Preceding the dedication
ceremony, an activity will be
held from 1-3 p.m. at the Monmouth College Educational Garden, 1042 E.
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