Dr. Shirley J. Jones,

Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus
Director of the U.S.-African Partnership for Building Stronger
Communities project, School of Social Welfare. The goal of the project is to prepare international leaders and to advocate for better U.S.-African social and economic Partnerships. Currently editing a book on Ruralization and Globalization:Implications for Helping Professionals, Practice and Interventions U.S. - African collaborative partnerships for change in development.

Email: sjones261@juno.com



Carol Whittaker,

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Carol Whittaker, M.A., M.P.A., serves as co-chair of the Africa Consortium.She is the Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice at the UAlbany School of Public Health where she teaches public health leadership and "The Principles of Public Health" course. She is enrolled in a doctoral public policy history program in the University's History Department and plans to undertake a dissertation related to public health, including mental health, policy in New York State. She has travelled to East and South Africa and looks forward to additional study and travel to other parts of Africa and to expand her knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology and public health within Africa.



Dr. Helen R. Desfosses,

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, and
Africana Studies, at the University at Albany. She has an M.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University. Her research interests focus on superpower relations with Africa, legislative development in Africa, and public policy formation and implementation in Africa.



Dr. Iris Berger,

Professor of History, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies,
received her BA. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She has published widely on topics ranging from East African precolonial religious history to gender, work and politics in twentieth-century South Africa. She is currently working on several projects relating to South Africa, including a study of gender, family and public policy during the 1940s and 50s.



Dr. Marcia E. Sutherland,

Associate Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Psychology at the University at Albany,.received her Ph.D. degree from Howard University in l985. She has lectured throughout the United States, in Africa, and in the Caribbean on issues affecting people of African heritage. Dr. Sutherland is a member of the National Association of Black Psychologists. In August l998, she received the Distinguished Psychologist Award for Scholarly Advancement of Black Psychology from the National Association of Black Psychologists.




Deborah LaFond,

M.L.I.S., Social Sciences Bibliographer, University Libraries. For the departments of Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, Communication, Psychology and Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany
She is active in the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association where she is current Executive Board member and recent past Chair of the Book Donations Committee. She is also a member of the Women’s Studies section of the American Library Association and attends a variety of relevant subject specific conferences. She recently returned from a research leave in Kenya and South Africa where she interviewed academic librarians and is researching partnerships and practices which support African knowledge creation and production. During her stay, she investigated how to wage information campaigns to address the gender aspects of HIV/AIDS and AIDS prevention in Africa. She is a volunteer for the campus based Save Africa From AIDS Campaign.