Event Detail

Athenaeum: Leadership in Developing Countries

Friday, November 21, 2008


Going Global with Leadership:
Developing Sustainable Economies in Africa

A Talk Presented by


Dr. Wacira Gethaiga


Friday November 21, 2008
Lunch 11:45 a.m.
Lecture 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Wacira Gethaiga is a Professor Emeritus and former long-time Chair of the Afro-Ethnic studies department at California State University at Fullerton. He will be discussing the role of leadership in developing economies in Africa.

Professor Gethaiga emigrated from Kenya in the 1960s and received his B.A. in Political Science from Occidental University. He later received his doctorate in Education Administration with a focus on politics and anthropology from Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of SIETAR (International Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) as well as African Studies Association of USA.

He began teaching at CSU Fullerton in 1969 and has been involved in all phases of development, maintenance, and improvement of the African Studies major, from its inception to the present. In his teachings, he challenges students to reevaluate the negative stereotypes surrounding the African continent regarding AIDS, civil wars, and mass genocide, to gain a more rounded understanding of the centrality of the African continent and its gifts to the world.

During his tenure, he has been a visiting professor at Kenyatta University and created and directed the East African Study Program in which he led students on summer tours of Kenya. He has addressed students at the University of Zimbabwe as well as University of The North, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on the topic of Language and Culture with respect to development in Africa. In his academic career he has been teaching African-American studies as well and in 2004 was behind the creation of the African American Resource Center, a center for African American students to meet and develop strategies for reaching out to the University and community to increase black student enrollment. Of this achievement, he explains, “I’ll be forever grateful to all who made the Resource Center a reality.”

Dr. Gethaiga will provide the keynote address of the International Careers Conference.





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