Dr. Florence Wakoko-Studstill is the co-founder and community program coordinator for Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization. She brings on board a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide EWCOS strategic plan.
Dr. Florence Wakoko-Studstill is the Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Crminal Justice & Sociology, Columbus State University (CSU) USA, with responsibilities in in teaching, research, and student engagement in community problem solving.
She graduated from Makerere University, Uganda (Bachelor of Political Science, and The Ohio State University, USA (MA., and Ph.D.), Women Studies, and Rural Sociology respectively.
She worked at Makerere University as Senior Administrative Assustant/Registra; at Fort Valley State University, USA as Assistant Professor in sociology; and at CSU as Associate Professor, and Director of various programs including, Certificate Program in African Studies (2004-2014), University Libraries Assessment (2015-2017), CSU Diversity Initiative (2004-2014) and as the Sociology Program Coordinator .
She has certifications in Quality Matters (QM), Online Instructional Technology; Higher Education Leadership; Project Monitoring and Evaluation; and in Diversity-Inclusive pedagogy. She has taught sociology of rural communities and conducted research on women farmers and microfinance in Uganda; women and envornomental conservation in Ethiopia ; and she has coordinated a summer study abroad course in Uganda focused on Women’s Health and Community Development in collaboration with Makerere University; she previously served as the Gender Expert to the UN-Anglican Office-Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) annual meetings (2005-2010).
She has also served as the Co-Partnership Director of a USAID funded Consortia Project with Makerere University on “Capacity Building in Integrated Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases & Zoonoses (CIMTRADZ)” in East & Central Africa. In addition, Dr. Wakoko is the Co-founder and Program Director of the US Model African Union (MAU) Conference series. She developed an integrated curriculum (MAU in One Health) and introduced simulations at Makerere University and Mississipi State University.
She has published a book (Women and Microfinance in Uganda: From Rhetoric to Empwerment); authored several peer reviewed publications, and co-authored proceedings and presentations at national and international conferences. She is a recepient of several awards to include, Educator of the Year, 2015 (Presidents’ Recognition, CSU), Diversity Excellency Award (2013 & 2014); 2018-2019 Outstnading Campus Advisor of the Year (CSU); and the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowships which she implemented at Makerere University, and Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, (2014 & 2017).
Dr. Wakoko-Studstill served on the WHO/FAO/OIE Training and Workforce Development Technical Expert Working Group, and Co-authored “A Tripartite Zoonoses Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries.” 2019. She is the Co-Founder of the Higher Education Resource Services- East Africa in 2014 (www.HERSEA.org), a non-governmental organization (NGO) offering leadership & management skills to women.
Additionally, Dr.Wakoko serves on the Board of Directors of Trimm International Foundation (https://trimmfoundation.org/), and she is the Co-Founder and past President of the North America Masaba Cultural Association (NAMCA), an NGO incorporated in 2001 to promote and concerve Bamasabe culture and improve the lives of Bamasaaba inNorth America and the Elgon region.