Papa N’jai

Social Sciences
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My Background

  • Professional Experience: In addition to teaching fulltime, I served as the chair of the social sciences department from 2010 - 2012. The department has seven disciplines (Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Political Science and Psychology). On campus I have served and still serve on key committees which include the Instructional Affairs Committees, Diversity Committee, Achieving the Dream leadership team and the Assessment Committee. Before coming to MCC, I was the Refugee Resettlement Director for Catholic Human Development Outreach in Grand Rapids, MI (now called Catholic Charities of West Michigan). I have given several lectures/presentations about refugee resettlement, leadership, cultural diversity, contemporary issues in Sierra Leone & Africa. These talks have taken me to schools, faith groups, community-based organizations, healthcare providers, conferences, and several colleges and universities. I have talked about some these issues on local television (Wood TV8 and radio (WGVU, 103.7 The Beat, and interviewed by The Grand Rapids Press and the Muskegon Chronicle.
  • Academic Degrees: BA (Honors) Geography, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, MA and MDA, Western Michigan University, Kalamzoo, MI
  • Classes Taught: I teach the following classes: Anthropology 103(Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Society), Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 110; World Regional Geography 105 and Cultural Geography 104.

More About Me

  • I am multilingual.
  • I love soccer, traveling, biking and reading.
  • I like volunteering and mentoring. I serve on the boards & committees of few organizations in the community.
  • One of my favorite quotes- “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (Anthropologist).