Tanzanian Transmission

These girls participate in a Women's Empowerment group led by Monica Achieng,and have recently graduated from a program training them in hair and salon services. (Program sponsored by UB student, Taylor Naumovski) .

These girls participate in a Women's Empowerment group led by Monica Achieng,and have recently graduated from a program training them in hair and salon services. (Program sponsored by UB student, Taylor Naumovski)

Tanzanian Transmission will work to connect young women in the Mara region of Tanzania with UB students who are interested in connecting and sharing via digital communication. 

Project description

Tanzanian Transmission will work to connect young women in the Mara Region of Tanzania with UB students who are interested in connecting and sharing via digital communication. Through a recent study abroad trip to Tanzania, we saw how eager young women are to make meaningful connections with American students while working on their English skills. We also learned that women in Tanzania face many challenges related to accessing technology, and could benefit greatly from support and advocacy. Through establishing and participating in a digital "pen pal" connection, UB undergraduate and graduate students can broaden their perspectives and learn what life is like for women in this rural part of the world. Meanwhile, this project could also impact the lives of women in the Mara Region, creating a bond between Tanzania and Africa, and expanding opportunities for networking and developing cultural competence.

Project outcome

Through the development of Tanzania Transmission I hope to foster meaningful relationships that benefit all participants in making the world a more caring, and educated place. I also seek to raise awareness for the challenges women in the Mara Region face pertaining to abuse, violence, education, and the lack of opportunity, and promote the use of technology as a tool for networking and building capacity.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Dependent on student interest
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Multiple
Who is eligible All undergraduate and graduate students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Review Children's Dignity Forum website  to review reports related to gender-based violence and other challenges facing women in Tanzania 
  • Meet with a subject Librarian (UB Libraries) and develop an annotated bibliography exploring issues facing women and girls in the Mara Region of Tanzania
  • Consider how communication with young women might add value or contribute in a positive way and submit ideas to guide the start-up of Tanzania Transmission program. 
  • Consider how communication with young women might introduce negative or unforeseen consequences. Submit some possible rules or guidelines for minimizing these issues.