SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Women's University in Africa Book Donation Project
The Women's University in Africa Book Donation Project is a book donation drive sponsored by SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Chief Diversity Officer Kevin Antoine, JD, to help stock the library at the Women's University in Africa (WUA) located in Zimbabwe. Founded in 2002 by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Hope Sadza, the WUA is the first university in Africa specifically established to educate women. The WUA is a private university and offers undergraduate degrees in management, agriculture, entrepreneurial skills, information technology, reproductive health, and education.
Dr. Antoine met Dr. Sadza at the 2009 National Academy for Public Administration's Social Equity and Leadership Conference where both were speakers. Dr. Sadza's powerful and inspirational story of the challenges she encountered while establishing the WUA compelled Dr. Antoine to help her collect books for the WUA's library.
Initially begun with book donations from Downstate's faculty, staff, and students the Women's University in Africa Book Donation Project has grown to be supported by other campuses in the SUNY system.