Background and professional experience:
Violet Nkwanzi is a 2018-19 UA Graduate Council Fellowship recipient. She has been a lecturer and taught undergraduate social work courses at Uganda Christian University, where she also coordinated and facilitated community outreach for underprivileged populations. She also served as a clinical substance abuse counselor for Radford University’s RU Aware Program and coordinator of the Radford University Study Abroad/Research Team for faculty, MSW and BSW students. In 2017, she participated in the administration of a health facility survey for the USAID’s Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD). The survey’s aim was to provide insight on the capacity and level of service delivery at all health facilities in Uganda’s districts of Buikwe, Mukono, Mpigi, Gomba, Butambala, Mityana and Mubende. Violet also has served as an intern with the Roanoke City Department of Social Services in Virginia and for the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Uganda, where under the guidance of her agency supervisor, she provided specialized HIV prevention education to both HIV positive and negative youth, including individualized sessions and educational workshops.