Madiha DeRosa, the Resident Director of the CIEE Study Center in Rabat, Morocco recently caught up with Corina Shika Kwami (’09) and learned about her amazing journey following her international experience.
Since participating in the CIEE Rabat program in 2009, Ms Corina Shika Kwami followed her passion for culture, politics & performance and urban life alive across the globe in efforts to address challenges affecting cities through civic engagement.
Graduating from Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2010, Corina worked with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC. As a recipient of the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, a research scholarships offered to 15 outstanding students in all fields with an interest in conducting research in Switzerland, she led a study comparing immigration legacies for identity and culture for Switzerland, France and the United States.
She also worked extensively with the United Nations and the The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and in Kigali, Rwanda on social determinants of health, human rights and partnership development. She researched issues of gender, diversity and urban planning for public health at the graduate level at the Charite Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London, United Kingdom.
The rich global experience of international education provided also provided here a stage for creative projects that tackle questions of identity through performance, storytelling and civic engagement. Featured at a TEDx event, her initiative, “Jazz, Swing & Funk Walking Tours Berlin” provides performance tours of jazz, history and politics in Berlin. To date, Corina has performed in cities in several countries including Morocco, Switzerland, Germany, Rwanda and the United Kingdom, including her most recent one woman show titled “Memories’ Lane, A History of Berlin’s Cabarets from 1920 & Beyond.” which showcased stories and songs of the Weimar era, to a sold out audience at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in March 2014. Her record of solo compositions will debut in summer 2014 with Downtown Artists based in London, UK. For more information, visit here.