PODCAST: Building community with the African Alumni Association
Thoko Phiri (PhD '18) and Margaret Mutumba (PhD '23) share how a student WhatsApp group became a place for African alumni and students to find community and support
Thoko Phiri (PhD '18) and Margaret Mutumba (PhD '23) share how a student WhatsApp group became a place for African alumni and students to find community and supportBy Megan Vander Woude Office of Advancement
There are more than 230,000 Waterloo alumni located all over the world. The beauty of having such a large, global community is that you're bound to find other alumni you can connect with — people who come from a similar background, live in the same city, or share the same interests as you.
In this episode, we speak with alumni who are helping to facilitate those connections. Thoko Phiri (PhD '18) and Margaret Mutumba (PhD '23) both came to Waterloo as international graduate students in the Health Faculty. After graduation, they stayed connected with a large group of African students and alumni, finding and providing support within that community.
Last year they connected with the University's Alumni Relations office, looking to expand the group. Today, the African Alumni Association is one of our volunteer-driven alumni groups that works with Waterloo to connect and support graduates worldwide. Thoko and Margaret join the podcast to share how the association got started, what supports are available, and how you can get involved.
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