Honors Student Rwanda-Bound to Study Genocide Aftermath

Twenty years after the genocide there claimed more than 800,000 lives, Suprita Datta, a City College of New York undergraduate travels to Rwanda December 26 to study how post-conflict societies develop. 

A junior in the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY majoring in international studies, Ms. Datta is one of five students and professionals from the United States selected by Global Youth Connect (GYC) for the two-week trip. 

“This gives me a chance to do what I want to do outside the classroom,” said Ms. Datta, whose concentration is conflict stabilization. “This is really relevant to what I want to do.”

Through workshops, site visits, advocacy meetings and volunteer service with
grassroots NGOs, the GYC delegation will learn and act on numerous key human rights issues in Rwanda.

In addition, Ms. Datta, a Colin Powell Fellow, will also examine the roots of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and see how its legacy has impacted the country and its people, particularly Rwandan youth. 

Last spring, Ms. Datta received a William R. Kenan Scholarship from the Macaulay Honors College for demonstrated commitment to service and civic engagement.

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Jay Mwamba
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