Rachel Robinson, Director
M.A. Community Art, Maryland Institute College of Art 2006
B.A. Visual Art, Gordon College 2003
Much of Rachel’s life has been spent in East Africa; she was born and grew up in Kenya and now lives and works in Uganda. While studying for her BA in Visual Arts from Gordon College, she studied abroad on BestSemester's Middle East Studies Program. MESP affirmed a deep belief in the transformative value of cross-cultural living and learning as part of a college education. Rachel earned her masters in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art--a program that incorporates art and the creative process to bring about community development, empowerment and social justice. She then directed community art programs at Baltimore Clayworks, a ceramic arts non-profit organization, before returning to East Africa to work with USP as the Program Coordinator. In her four years with USP, Rachel has coordinated students’ homestay experiences and has developed and taught the cross-cultural practicum course, which helps students process their experiences living and working in Uganda. In her new role as USP Director, Rachel is looking forward to connecting Americans to Uganda and to Uganda Christian University. Engaging students in their journeys as they navigate and process their semester in Uganda is what she loves most about her role as program director.
Lisa Tokpa, Social Work Coordinator and Faculty
M.S.W. Washington University 2002
B.A. Psychology, Business Administration, William Jewell College 2000
After studying abroad her last semester of college at Daystar University in Kenya, Lisa pursued her MSW, specializing in children, youth and families. She has since been a caseworker at a Christian child placement agency in Denver, the Director of Aftercare at International Justice Mission, Kenya and the coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program at Samaritan’s Purse, Liberia. Upon returning to the US she worked at The Adoption Exchange as the Director of the Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center. Lisa now uses her experience in both domestic and international social work within her role as the Social Work Coordinator with the Uganda Studies Program.
Micah Hughes, Global Health Coordinator and Faculty
M.S. Biotechnology, Rush University
B.S. Biology and Anthropology, Wheaton College
After completing his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, Micah spent four years working in clinical care and biomedical research at Rush University Medical Center, during which time he also completed a Masters of Science in Biotechnology. Over the course of his professional career, Micah has partnered with global health and community leaders in Haiti, Honduras, India, Peru, Philippines, and Uganda, including an eight years of residence in Egypt. Micah spent 6 months during his own undergraduate years living in the West Nile Region of Uganda where he partnered with the local healthcare centers and individuals to research and address the stigma of HIV testing. In 2010 he and his wife cofounded The Mango Project, a nonprofit organization that supports Ugandan community leaders in battling malnutrition and poverty. Prior to joining the USP staff, Micah taught undergraduate biomedical sciences at Colorado Christian University and Denver School of Nursing, where he directed and personally lead global health practicums for nursing students in Haiti, Honduras, and Uganda. Micah loves working with the Uganda Studies Program and believes strongly in the transformational opportunities for undergraduate students that honor and empower local Ugandan clinicians and community developers.
Eddie Tokpa, Assistant Program Coordinator
M.A. Missions Studies, African International University (AIU), Nairobi, Kenya 2005 (formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology)
B.A. Biblical Studies, Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya 2002
Eddie’s previous professional experience includes serving as a pastor at Nairobi Chapel in Kenya, a program manager with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Monrovia, Liberia, and a youth coordinator at both a multi-housing ministry and church youth group in Denver, Colorado. He is currently pursuing another masters degree in International Development at Eastern University.
Lydia Wankuma, Administrator
M.A. Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary 2011
B.A. Social Work and Social Administration, Uganda Christian University 2006
Upon attaining her BA from Uganda Christian University, She worked as a research assistant with International Potato Centre - a private organization that seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security. She later joined the staff at Uganda Christian University as a teaching assistant. As part of her MA Program, she interned with Bethany Christian Services in Pennsylvania with the Post Adoptions department. Upon returning to Uganda, she joined the faculty at Uganda Christian University to teach in the Social Work department and the Counseling Program. Lydia loves helping other people reach their dreams and her work with Uganda Studies Program enables her to do that.
Uganda Christian University Staff
Innocent Martha Atimango, Administrative Assistant
B.S.W. Social Work and Administration, Uganda Christian University 2012
Courtney Beiler, Program Assistant (American Intern)
B.S.W. Social Work, Messiah College 2015
USP Alumna Spring 2015
Prudence Gordon, Program Assistant (American Intern)
B.A. Sociology, Westmont College 2015
USP Alumna Spring 2013
Gilbert Nuwagira, Program Assistant (Ugandan Intern)
B.A. Economics and Management 2015
Uganda Christian University
John Kabugo, Driver
Cert. Motor Vehicle Tech Part 1, Mukono Vocational Training School 1990
License, Class CM, B, A, DL 1988
Cert. Business Administration and Accounting, Mukono Vocational Training School 1990
Lydia Koma, Office Attendant
Cert. Catering, Jimmy Sekaisi School of Catering 2000