I am a sociologist who works in the areas of cross cultural engagement, community engagement, diversity, food, health and Indigenous knowledge. My focus, in particular, has been on social inequality and access to health, nutrition, education, livelihoods and other social services. I have written and continue to write in the areas of health, nutrition, ethnicity, civil conflict, migration and spirituality.
Over the past 25 years, I have taught sessions on sociology, social studies, health sciences and research methods at schools, communities and colleges. Most often, I have taught introduction to sociology, social inequality, social problems, qualitative methods, monitoring and evaluations, community health, health care service delivery, cultural diversity and social theories. Currently, I am teaching at Minnesota State Colleges as part-time sociology faculty.
Since 2015, I have been working as a researcher at the University of Minnesota using my expertise in applied and qualitative research. I also have significant experience in quantitative research. I believe in the development of theories based on empirical evidences, and their applications in the real world. Hence, I have worked with nonprofit organizations in collaboration with government agencies, private sectors and international partners. I managed a number of social development and research projects, and was involved in designing, planning, budgeting, mentoring, monitoring, evaluation, grant writing, fund raising, advocacy, policy formulation and strategic leadership.
My professional career began in 1992 as a community health worker in a non-profit organization. By 1999, I successfully became a senior management team member. In my last full-time position in a non-profit, I led the programs that employed over 400 staff members including 42 expatriates; their services benefited more than 200,000 people annually; and spent more than $2.5 million U.S. dollars per year. They have been running two major referral hospitals on leprosy, disability and occupational health services; and various community health and development projects for the poor and disadvantaged people. More than 80 partner organizations and numerous individuals from around the globe funded the projects.
I earned PhD in Sociology and Anthropology in Australia. In addition, I completed Graduate Certificates in Adult Education and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Minnesota, USA. I have also education and training from other countries (i.e., Canada, UK, Switzerland, India and Nepal). I am one of the Health Equity and Leadership Mentoring (HELM) Fellows at the University of Minnesota. According to Gallop's StrengthsFinder, I am an achiever, an includer, a maximizer, a strategist and a learner.
As a sociologist, I am engaged in a very broad field “equity, diversity and social justice”. It has provided me a very broad intellectual exercise in studying groups of people, human societies and human behaviors. I pursue meaningful opportunities, believing in my unique abilities to overcome challenges; and I am keen to help individuals and groups to be fruitful by achieving their desired goals. The road has not always been easy, but with each new opportunity, I enhance my capabilities.