SBS MPH Student Dawit Rumicha Honored as an Emerging Scholar

Published: August 31st, 2017

Category: Featured, Student News

First-year MPH SBS concentration student Dawit Rumicha, was honored as an Emerging Scholar at the 2017 International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations at the University of Toronto.

The conference was comprised of three days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia. A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions and chairing parallel sessions. The following quote provided by Dawit is a synopsis of his experience.


“There was a central theme I’ve taken away in going from the drawing boards of diversity research to achieving an international recognition for my scholarly work alongside individuals at the masters and doctoral level. Learning the importance of risk taking in advancing education toward what field you are truly passionate about and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. The easiest and most convenient decisions aren’t necessarily the best in self-development. Not every endeavor embarked on will result in success but it’s that trial and error coupled with grit and determination that will result in growing as an individual. Each step of growing will add one more bit of inspiration and motivation towards greater opportunity. It’s truly humbling to see the product of effective teamwork and fearlessness towards challenge alongside growth.”