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Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA) is a university-wide research centre, with active members across multiple faculties currently involved in Afrocentric research projects. We offer two bi-yearly academic excellence awards for undergraduate students, and run a long-standing lecture series on Afrocentric issues of development and social justice. This series, called the Nelson Mandela Lecture Series, highlights international scholars and experts, and generally takes place in September and February of each academic year.

TISCA is a hub for knowledge mobilization and student/faculty enrichment that informs transformative policies and emphasize causes for hope. Our mission is to promote global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues, with the aim of inspiring positive transformation.

TISCA works to:

  • Empower and inform students, especially racialized students, to connect with their immediate communities, and engage in global research and debates.
  • Foster engagement among faculty, students and local community members.
  • Offer a space for experts and scholars to structure research and offer analysis to generate solutions with real-world implications.
  • Expand student involvement and community engagement.

Origins of the Word Tshepo

Tshepo (say-poh) is the Setswana word for hope.

TISCA was founded on the Laurier Brantford campus in 2003. Africa falls victim to much stereotyping and stigma. Our founders feel sense of responsibility to give back to their communities and do their part to ensure that the African scholarly community have a voice and a platform on which to use it. They also provide a space to stimulate discourse and reflection about international development more broadly.

Contact Us:

Akbar Saeed, Director

T: 519.756.8228 x5764

Andrea Brown, Associate Director