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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Global Diversity

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion's first Global Diversity Initiative, the Women's University in Africa (WAU) Book Donation Project, was very successful. Downstate donated 50 boxes of used text books weighing over 1,300 pounds to WUA, to help expand its library offerings. Assistant Vice President Kevin Antoine met WAU's founder, Dr. Hope Sadza, at the 2009 National Academy for Public Administration's Social Equity and Leadership Conference hosted by Rutgers University, where both were speakers. Dr. Sadza's powerful and inspirational story of the challenges she encountered while establishing the school – the first school in Zimbabwe established specifically to educate women – compelled AVP Antoine to help Dr. Sadza collect books for WUA's library. The project is now in its third year, and has grown to be supported by several other SUNY campuses.