Two SPH Students Win Graduate FLAS Awards

By Michelle Samuels

“My heart was left in Senegal,” says Faith Umoh. After two years there with the Peace Corps, she returned to the US last spring to pursue an MPH at the School of Public Health—and discovered a way to stay connected to Senegal and Wolof, its main language, at the same time.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships from the Boston University African Studies Center support both undergraduate and graduate BU students studying African languages. Next year’s fellows include two SPH students, Umoh and Dan Flanagan.

Being able to speak the language of a population “is really about access to care,” says Flanagan, a BA/MPH dual degree student studying Zulu.