Celebrating Black History Month: Our doctoral students share their stories

Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2022

During this year's Black History Month, the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa wishes to join all citizens of Canada and all people of colour in paying tribute and honouring Black communities and individuals. Our research centre is privileged to welcome many racialized members and students who contribute significantly to our mission. We are committed to the values ​​of equity, diversity and inclusion, and we work with all of our members to create a better world, one that is free of racism and discrimination.

This year, our way of affirming this commitment is to offer a platform to some of our many talented doctoral students so that they can share freely their thoughts on their professional careers, their choices of study, their integration into Canadian society, and finally, what it means to them to mark Black History Month in Canada.

We created this forum for all of us to hear them and their stories. We hope that the members of the Centre on Governance, members of the University of Ottawa and citizens of the world will take a few minutes to listen to their touching testimonies.

To access the videos, click here.




A PhD student in public administration at the University of Ottawa, Pauliana Borgella is a career professional in public management, particularly in steering the implementation of public programs and projects. She also contributes to teaching and research at the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Centre on Governance.

Seregbe Keita is a doctoral candidate in public administration at the University of Ottawa. She holds a Master's degree in Project Management from the University of Quebec in Outaouais and a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières. Seregbe Keita is an expert in international project management in fragile and underdeveloped countries. She is interested in the issue of the implementation of gender sensitivity in the national budget.

Cheick Alassane Traoré is a doctoral candidate in public administration (public policy and public management) and research assistant at the Center on Governance at the University of Ottawa. His main areas of expertise are public-private partnership as a mechanism for financing and supplying infrastructure and public services, public finance and governance. Alongside funding and partnership issues, he has expertise in performance monitoring and evaluation, research and data analysis. Cheick Alassane has a degree in management of public institutions (Master) from the University of Liège, an MBA and a DESS from the University of Quebec at Trois Rivières, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Hautes Études Commerciales et Informatiques of Morocco.

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