The President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, Dr Elizabeth Alexander and the Chief of Staff and Programme Advisor at the Foundation, Ms. Julie B. Ehrlich paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday, 21st February 2020. They also held a meeting with the Steering Committee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation projects at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS). The Steering Committee comprises of the Principal, Dr Josephine Ahikire, and the Deans of the five Schools of the College namely; Dr Sarah Ssali, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies; Dr Andrew Ellias State, Dean School of Social Sciences, Dr Patrick Mangeni, Dean School of Liberal and Performing Arts; Dr Aaron Mushengyezi, Dean School of Languages, Literature and Communication and Dr Grace Kibanja, Dean School of Psychology.
During the meeting, Dr Ahikire informed the President that the funding from the Foundation came at a critical time when some disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences needed rejuvenation. “The funding has enabled us to build capacity of staff and students in the College. It has also presented an opportunity to young scholars to conduct research in the areas of their interest.
In her remarks, Dr Alexander who was pleased to meet the Steering Committee said the views shared would greatly enrich the Foundation’s programmes.