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Mandela Washington Fellowship BSU Team

We are excited to welcome you to our 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship Public Management Institute! The Leadership Institute at Bridgewater State University will provide a well-rounded public management curriculum and support an enriching learning experience for all our Fellows. All our staff and members of the campus community are looking forward to engaging with you for all the virtual sessions and individual work.

This Leadership Institute consists of both independent study of Institute materials and our virtual Institute Cohort Activities, including Track Foundation Discussion Forums and Common Leadership Curriculum (CLC) Discussion Forums. Other Institute Cohort Activities include Weekly Overview sessions, Supplemental Leadership sessions, Cultural Connection activities, Professional Networking opportunities, and Community Service activities. You are encouraged to contact our BSU team if you have any questions.

Members of the team include:

  • Dr. Wing-kai To, Institute Director and Administrative Co-Director
  • Dr. Meghan Healy-Clancy, Academic Co-Director
  • Dr. Jibril Solomon, Academic Co-Director
  • Ms. Mia Zoino, Administrative Co-Director
  • Dr. Wendy Haynes, Common Leadership Curriculum Facilitator
  • Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Academic and Community Coordinator 
  • Ms. Oluwakemi Taiwo, Program Assistant 
  • Ms. Susan Williams, Administrative Assistant

About the Mandela Washington Fellowship's BSU Team

Dr. Wing-kai To

Dr. Wing-kai To, Institute Director, is the Assistant Provost for Global Engagement and Senior International Officer (SIO). He holds a Ph.D. in History from University of California at Davis, an MA and BA from Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a Professor of History, created the Asian Studies minor, and served as the Minnock Institute’s Academic Director. As the SIO of the university, he is responsible for overseeing international operations, including partnership and exchange agreements, global academic programs, study abroad, international student and scholar services, and special projects in global engagement, such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program and events with WorldBoston. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Hong Kong, a Mandela Washington reciprocal exchange fellow to Uganda and Cape Verde, and an awardee of several national grants.

Dr. Meghan Healy-Clancy

Dr. Meghan Healy-Clancy is Assistant Professor of History, Coordinator of the African Studies Program, and Academic Director of the Institute. She is a social and cultural historian of southern Africa, focusing on gender and women's history. She holds a Ph.D. in African Studies and an M.A. in History from Harvard University, and a B.A in History from the University of Chicago. She is the author of A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (2014) and numerous articles, including “The Family Politics of the Federation of South African Women: A History of Public Motherhood in Women’s Antiracist Activism,” which won the 2017 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship from the University of Chicago Press.

Dr. Jibril Solomon

Dr. Jibril Solomon is Associate Professor of Social Work and Academic Director of the Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychometrics Assessment from Lesley University in Massachusetts, Master of Social Work from University of New Hampshire and BA in Biology from BA in Biology from University of Southern Maine, Dr. Solomon considers teaching and community informed scholarship to be both a passion and vocation. His own curiosity about human nature and behavior as well as interest in biological, psychological and psychosocial phenomena in peoples’ lives and social conditions inform his work. He believes that social and racial justice are critical protective factors for all human development. Dr. Solomon connects his background in human biological sciences, education, psychometrics assessment, social work, and research to advance human and community development, and the training of evidence-based and socially conscious practitioners.

Ms. Mia Zoino

Mia Zoino, M.Ed., is the administrator coordinator managing budget and logistics of the grant. She is the Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects. In her role, she facilitates award activities and ensures overall policy compliance. She conducts grant-related training and advises about budgeting management for faculty grant development. Her office reviews contracts and amendments and develop MOUs. In her work she also aligns grant activity with institutional strategic plan goals.

Dr. Wendy Haynes

Dr. Wendy Haynes is the Associate Dean in the College of Graduate Studies. She will facilitate the common leadership curriculum for the Institute, including the CliftonStrengths® assessment. Dr. Haynes earned an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in law, policy and society from Northeastern University in 2002. She brings to her work at BSU a rich career as a leader in public service at all levels of government. She is the former coordinator of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at BSU, where she spearheaded the successful effort to achieve national accreditation for the program — the only program at a public institution in Massachusetts to achieve this distinction. Dr. Haynes is a Fellow of the National Academic of Public Administration, a body charter by the U.S. Congress, and served as president of the national American Society for Public Administration, the premier association for practitioners and academics in the field. Prior to joining the BSU faculty, Dr. Haynes served as 1st Assistant Inspector General for Megaproject Oversight in the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.

Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi

Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Master's Degree in Art Education from Hartford University, and Bachelor's Degree in Drama and Theater from Baghdad University. Prior to his appointment as the Academic Director of Global Programs, he served as the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and the Chairperson of Communication Studies. In addition to his extensive teaching and administrative experiences in the US, he has taught in Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, and China. His contributions include scholarly research, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, producing and hosting the television program InFocus, and producing documentary films.

Ms. Oluwakemi Taiwo

Ms. Oluwakemi (Kemi) Taiwo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts (Theater Major), from the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 2006, and is presently a graduate student of Master of Public Administration at Bridgewater State University. She has worked in the Banking Sector as a Direct Sales Agent, Telecommunication Sector (MTN-Nigeria) as a Customer Service Executive and Voice Over resource. In addition, she has worked as a handcraft maker and trainer where part of her focus was to empower Nigerian youth and women with handcraft expertise. She currently serves as the Program Assistant for the Mandela Washington Fellowship BSU Team.

Ms. Susan Williams

Ms. Susan Williams is the administrative assistant to the Assistant Provost for Global Engagement/Senior International Officer. She serves as the budget manager and event coordinator at the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement in support of global studies programs. She has a BA in English Literature from Emerson College and is the author of several published works of short fiction.