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Daphine Mugayo – Davis Projects for Peace

Name: Daphine Mugayo

Class Year: 2015

Hometown: Kampala, Uganda

Major(s): Biochemistry, Economics

Minors or Concentrations: Poverty and Human Capability Studies

Opportunity and Year: Davis Projects for Peace, 2015

Project Summary: The project goal is to establish a fully functional computer laboratory at Hilltop High School in Busiisi, Hoima District, UGANDA. It entails the purchase of 18 desktop computers and the necessary accompanying software to run secondary school level computer courses. The first of its kind in this area, the laboratory will enable the students to acquire the computer skills necessary for the very competitive job market they face. It will facilitate improved communication skills and help to break the physical barriers to more global relations for these students.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? By taking the Interdepartmental 201 course required by the Williams School, I came to understand the various functionalities of Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This course helped me understand how seemingly lengthy tasks can be done in a shorter time period and produce better results. But most importantly, this course opened my eyes to the opportunities I had missed out on earlier in my life, having lacked these computer skills and this know-how. It is from this course that I hatched the idea for this project. The skills I acquired helped me not only to know what software and hardware to purchase but also to assist with the course selection for the school in Uganda.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? Having graduated from United World College of Canada, Lester B. Pearson College, I was aware of this opportunity since I started at W&L. However, I was not really sure what project I wanted to execute until my most recent visit to my grandparents’ home in Hoima in 2014. It was during this visit that I was enlightened about the severely under-resourced education system in my hometown and was challenged to do something. Further research in the community and conversations with my family members then enabled me to develop a project suitable for the opportunity provided by Davis Projects for Peace.

Post-graduation Plans: I will be doing cancer research with the Childrens’ National Health Center in DC. In two years, I hope to apply to medical school.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? While this opportunity is in the education field, I believe that it has helped me to understand and become more familiar with humanitarian work, a big part of the medical field.  This is valuable to me as I intend to pursue global health issues.  I believe a world that is connected and able to share views is a step ahead in promoting a healthier world. Particularly, this project will enable these youth to become more familiar with healthier lifestyles via the internet so that they can hopefully positively influence their villages.

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • President, Multicultural Greek Council
  • Secretary, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Co-President, African Society
  • Member, Student Recruitment Committee
  • Volunteer, Stonewall Carillion Hospital
  • DJ, WLUR

Off-campus Experience:

  • Shepherd Program intern, PACT Therapeutic Nursery, 2012
  • Student Staff, Uganda Cancer Institute, 2013
  • Washington Term Program Intern, Senate HELP Committee, 2014
  • SMART Program Intern, Baylor College of Medicine,  2014

Research Experience:

  • Baylor College of Medicine, SMART Program, Cancer Research, 2014
  • Dr. Kyle Friend Research Lab, 2014

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