Wright State to host international visitors studying disability, diversity


Wright State, recognized for its commitment to international relations, is a member of the acclaimed National Council for International Visitors.

Wright State University will play host to a delegation of African officials coming to the United States to examine disability issues and a French attorney studying how diversity impacts U.S. education, politics and media.

The 10-member delegation from Africa represents Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan and Swaziland.

The group will be at Wright State on July 19, when they will get a tour of the campus, an overview of the Office of Disability Services and hear presentations on creating opportunities in higher education and on legal mechanisms to protect people with disabilities.

In addition, the delegation will see a training demonstration on service dogs and get a tour of the campus dog park.

On July 22, the group will be in Dayton to tour MONCO Enterprises, which provides employment opportunities, work training, placement services, and employment support for people with developmental disabilities. The delegation will also tour the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and take part in a roundtable discussion with the Red Cross, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and the Access Center for Independent Living.

The group includes Lefoko Kesamang, a social welfare officer from Botswana; Jean Castard Nzaou Pamboud, an information technology management engineer from Congo; Fikremariam Nigussie Engida, a senior expert from the HIV/AIDs prevention office in Ethiopia; Ramla Said Omar Mohamed, founder of the Al-muqtadir Association in Kenya; Oumarou Amadou, a physical therapist from Niger; Yacine Ndiaye Kone, coordinator of Handi Eco Artisanry in Senegal; Alradi Hassan Alradi Abdalla, an attorney from Sudan; Buyelaphi Lettie Masuku, founder of the Association of Women with Disabilities in Swaziland; and Musa Emmanuel Zulu, and Jabulisile Eunice Zulu, creative director and event coordinator, respectively, of Valhalla Arts in South Africa.

In a separate visit, Dominique Hill, barrister/solicitor of Bordeaux, France, will be at Wright State from July 18 to 20.

The visits are part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through the Wright State’s Dayton Council of International Visitors.

“These visits demonstrate that Wright State University has become an important stop for international officials seeking information about everything from diversity to disabilities to equal opportunity,” said Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, director of Wright State’s Center for International Education.

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