Moses Ssemakula was born in Uganda on December 31st, 1991 where he lived for 14 years before he moved to the U.S. in 2006. In 2010, he enrolled at Eastern Washington University after he visited the campus and noticed a sense of community and chemistry among students and faculty. With the guidance and inspiration of several Professors, he decided to declare a major in Sociology and a minor in Africana Studies. One of the reasons he gravitated towards Sociology is because of its ability to explain social relations as well as institutions. Having been perplexed by the conflicting values and traditions between Uganda and American cultural traditions, he was fascinated by how well sociological works attempt to explain social problems that people in different cultures experience. Ssemakula has proven to be a vigorous and dedicated to raising awareness about on gong issues in Africa through organizations such as Afro-Caribbean Club and African International movement. With the inspiration and support of faculty and family member, Ssemakula is determined to be the first member of his lineage to attain a degree in sociology in the United States. In the future, he not only plans to become a professor in Academia, but also continue to conduct research that will assist in understanding Africa's social problems.
Dr. Sean Chabot, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, EWU
TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________
Gaining Agency in Response to Ongoing Violence in Northern Uganda (2014)
The research explores actions that the local community is taking in response to ongoing direct and indirect violence in Northern Uganda. The project looks at different groups and organizations within region to evaluate and demonstrate how the people are gaining agency as opposed to being dependent on outside forces. The research compares ideas that have been published in sociological books and articles to discuss the aftermath of Northern Uganda's civil war in an intellectual manner. Due to the unfair exchange of resources, power has remained in the hands of political leaders and other humanitarian organizations. Instead of uniting to create common good, the victims of such inequities end up upholding the existing power structures by depending on them for solutions. If the power structures are to be changed then local people need to trust themselves with the responsibility to create positive social outcomes. The purpose of this research is to show that the local community is capable of learning the skills necessary to resolve ongoing violence hence gaining agency.
Gaining Agency in Response to Ongoing Violence in Northern Uganda,
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