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Tatiana Wilson

African Studies

Class of 2010

I am finishing up my final semester as an African Studies concentrator. My main interests lie in the creative arts, education, childhood development and religion. I had the opportunity to study in Mali with a musician and his dance troupe, as well as take a few courses on African music, religion and storytelling here at Harvard. I have spent the past two summers primarily in Uganda, serving with faith-based organizations that work with at-risk populations of children (HIV/AIDS orphans, street kids and former child soldiers). After doing an independent research project which focused on rehabilitation programs that incorporate art therapy into the healing process of traumatized children, I got involved with a NGO founded by two friends of mine that uses art as a tool to educate and empower children who were living in the streets of Kampala. After graduating, I hope to develop a deeper, richer understanding of how to incorporate faith and the arts into the education and empowerment of youth populations in Africa and beyond.