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McCrickard Grant to Support Collaborative Project in Uganda

A proposal authored by Professor Amy Patterson with visiting Brown Foundation Fellow Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha was awarded a grant from Sewanee's McCrickard Fund for the year 2014-15. The funding will be used to support student internships and faculty research and collaboration with Hope University and Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation in Uganda.

In its first year of call for proposals, Sewanee's McCrickard Fund has funded a proposal for the year 2014-15 authored by Professor Amy Patterson with visiting Brown Foundation Fellow Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha. The funding will be used to support student internships and faculty research and collaboration with Hope University and Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation in Uganda. Patterson and Byamugisha plan for the initial stage of the project involving six faculty and several students to extend for three years and then develop further lines of collaboration.

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Uganda and civil society responses to AIDS, as well as to contribute to Hope University and its related foundation, which are dedicated to providing education and vocational training to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Faculty members involved in the research and collaboration include the following:  Mila Dragojevic, Amy Patterson and Paige Schneider from Politics, Ken Smith from Forestry and Geology, Katherine Theyson from Economics, and Robert Hughes from the School of Theology.

In Uganda, Byamugisha will work with faculty and students to coordinate their work and research on ethnic conflict, civil society and AIDS responses, economic aspects of public health, and environmental sustainability. The project evolved out of Byamugisha's recent visit to the Department of Politics as a Brown Foundation Fellow, when he taught a course on civil society in Africa and AIDS.