The Dawn Initiative

Doctorate Attaining Women Network (DAWN) is a network that has been set up and is based in the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), under the Dean, Dr. Beatrice Churu, to promote collaboration, professional support and networking opportunities for women in higher education within and outside Tangaza University College, including those who have earned their doctorates as well as those still in their doctoral journey.

DAWN was formed in February 2019 by Dr. Lucy A. Wakiaga, Senior Lecturer and Research Associate (SASS), Dr. Judith Pete, Lecturer and Research Coordinator (IST), and Martha Mbuvi, PhD student (IST), all at Tangaza University College. The meeting had a humble beginning, with about 13 attendees: 10 women and 3 men. Over time, we have found a home in SASS, our numbers continue to grow and more importantly, we are becoming a forum for the incubation and realization of unique and innovative projects aimed at transforming society, both in higher education and in the society.

Current projects:

  1. Book project: This is an ongoing project consisting of 13 chapters collaboratively authored/co-authored by women at Tangaza University College and/or in other higher education institutions including the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Strathmore University, and Multi-Media University.
  2. Mentoring support: Senior women academicians mentoring junior women academicians.

DAWN Calendar of Events: January-April 2020 Semester

February 3, 2020- DAWN regular meeting: Invited Guest Speaker & Book Project

March 2020- DAWN regular meeting: Invited Guest Speaker

April 2020- DAWN regular meeting & Book project


Monday, February 3, 2020: DAWN held its regular monthly meeting. The Guest Speaker was Professor Hodan Isse, an Economics Professor at the University at Buffalo, New York and former First Lady of the Puntland State of Somalia. She spoke on a wide array of topics that touch on the African woman in the society including issues of women and customary law and lack of transitional justice, gender as human capital, women and the legal system, women and identity, and trauma, healing and livelihood.

The attendees also had a session to share and receive feedback on their book chapter drafts. 

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