Denniston Bonadie is a Trustee of
the Global Literacy Project, Inc. In 1992, he graduated from
Rutgers College with B.A. degrees in Africana studies and history,
and minors in mathematics and physics. He earned a master’s
degree in city and regional planning in 2001 and is currently
pursuing a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy from the
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at
He is an adjunct professor in the Africana
Studies Department where he teachers several courses in the
including Pan-African Movements, Black Civilizations, African
Presence in American Culture and the department’s Intro
Diana Dade is a Trustee of the Global Literacy Project, Inc. As a retired
dental hygienist from Hillside, New Jersey, she is an active
member of the American Association of Retired Persons. Ms. Dade
dedicates much of her energy to volunteering for a wide range
of organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Visiting
also a bibliophile who works closely with public libraries to raise
funds, promote reading, and send
surplus/discarded books to areas that need them. Based on her
own experience with collecting and donating books, Ms. Dade
urged GLP to become a formal institution in order to reach even
Camille Mahon is a Trustee of the Global Literacy Project, Inc. She retired in 2004 from Middlesex County College where
she served as Executive Director of Planning and Development. At
she supervised the departments of marketing, research and grants
development. She has taught ESL in colleges and adult schools and
also worked in
Ms. Mahon holds
a masters degree in TESOL and international education from Rutgers
University. She currently serves
as a consultant in planning, grants development and project management
for a variety of institutions and non-profit organizations and
volunteers teaching ESL at a women’s drop in center.
Olubayi Olubayi is President of the Global Literacy Project,
Inc. Olubayi Olubayi earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, New Jersey on the biology of bacteria-plant-cell
interactions, in 1995. He holds a US research patent on the
flocculation of bacteria, and he has published on bacterial
physiology, the biology of plants, and on the place of science
in Africana studies.
is currently an associate professor of microbiology at Middlesex
County College, Edison, New Jersey; the chair of the biotechnology
program at Middlesex College; and a lecturer in Africana Studies
at Rutgers University where he teaches the senior seminar
on wealth, and a class on the contributions of Africans to
the founder and chair of the advisory board of PAMLO (the
Pan-African Mentoring and Learning Organization) whose mission
is to promote literacy and self-reliance on the continent
of Africa. He is the adviser to the Youth Organization of
Amagoro district in Kenya, and the founder of the Chamasiri
Harambee Self-Reliance Project in Kenya.
the founder and CEO of Global Literacy PRESS which is a new
book publishing company in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This
press has just published a book by Rutgers Africana undergraduate
majors. The title of this book is “Wealth Not Income,”
and the authors are students. He is currently writing a lab
manual on protein purification, and another book on the responsibilities
of educated Africans in rebuilding Africa.
currently working on a plan to launch a micro-lending project
in rural western Kenya, and along with several of his friends
he is working on designing a Pan-African Leadership Academy
to train the next generation of African leaders who will help
the continent solve most of its problems.
Kavitha Ramachandran is a Trustee and Vice President of Outreach of the Global Literacy
Project, Inc. Over the past decade, she has taught in the departments
of Geography, Africana Studies, the Educational Opportunities
Fund Program, Douglass College Student Life, as well as the
Learning Resource Centers of Rutgers University, where she published
a manual for the instruction of ESL (English as a Second Language)
students. She is completing her Ph.D. in Geography on the implications
of 'diaspora' for place, culture, and identity. Ms. Ramachandran
was an undergraduate fellow of the Rutgers Center for the Critical
Analysis of Contemporary Culture and a graduate recipient of
honorable mention by the National Science Foundation. Her research
interests include race and gender in urban economic development,
cartography and architecture, Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) as decision support technology, and theories of space,
nature, and society. She is also a classical guitarist and yoga
Edward Ramsamy is General Secretary and Human Resources
Officer of the Global Literacy Project, Inc. He is assistant
professor of Africana Studies and a member of the graduate faculty
of geography and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning
and Public Policy, Rutgers University. He has been a fellow
of the Rutgers Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary
Culture and the Social Sciences Research Council, among other
honors. He was editor of The Common Purposes Journal, a Rutgers
University publication exploring pluralism and cross-cultural
understanding. Dr. Ramsamy has published on regional economic
development and integration in southern Africa, housing in the
developing world, as well as the geographies of change in South
Africa. His book, From Projects to Policy: The World Bank and
Urban Development, is forthcoming. Dr. Ramsamy's current projects
include book-length manuscripts on Nation-Building and Identity
in the 'New' South Africa and African-Americans in the Anti-Apartheid
Movement. He plays squash in his spare time.
Wendel Thomas is a Trustee of the Global Literacy Project, Inc.
holds the position of employment specialist for the Employment
Service of Workforce New Jersey, a division of the Department
of Labor. His duties include interviewing and matching employees
with jobs based on their work experience, talents, and potential.
He also conducts weekly seminars to assist applicants in taking
advantage of job opportunities and works closely with state
officials on how the State of New Jersey might enable its residents
to gain more access to employment.
Mr. Thomas has assisted hundreds
individuals with securing jobs and acquiring the skills to compete
in today's job market.
Sivan Yosef is
a Trustee of the Global Literacy Project, Inc. She is a graduate of
Rutgers College as well as the co-founder and co-president
of the G.O.Y.A. Project, a student organization promoting volunteerism.
As a political science major with a special interest in non-governmental
organizations, Ms. Yosef has worked with Habitat for Humanity
and the Rutgers University Model United Nations (RUMUN). She
was also a fellow of the Rutgers Institute for Women's Leadership.
Ms. Yosef works closely with GLP by organizing volunteers to
collect and pack discarded or surplus books from local schools
and libraries for shipment to poor rural areas abroad. She and
her colleagues also dedicate their energies to other important
community service efforts such as serving the hungry in local
soup kitchens and assisting the homeless with various tasks.
Ms. Yosef has traveled widely (Read Sivan's South American Adventure) and speaks several languages.
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Emeka Akaezuwa was a founding trustee of the Global
Literacy Project, Inc. He currently acts as Program Coordinator overseeing day-to-day implementation of our USA Programs.
Emeka earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers
University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in Information Systems
and Structures in 1994. He has two patent pending applications
for The Portable Search Engine and for Search-based Synchronization,
Encryption and File-Management System. He is working on three
more patents, two in the area of Intelligent Networks and Smart
one on Solar Energy. Emeka has received numerous awards for
his software and systems design including a Successful Business
Award in 2007, DigitalLife Innovator in 2006 and a Congressional
Award from the US Navy for information system design in 2004.
Emeka is the Founder and
CEO of Gaviri Technologies, a Parsippany, NJ-based high-technology
company. Gaviri Technologies
is pioneering new ways of finding information based
on the concept of a Universal Search Operating System. Prior
to founding Gaviri Technologies, he was the Director of Digital
Group at Elsevier, New York. As director, he led a
team of technology consultants who created large-scale,
mission-critical information systems for corporate,
academic and government institutions in the US, Canada, South
America and Europe.
Emeka also volunteers his time to teach Hispanic immigrants in
Dover, NJ, how to speak English.
Memory of Dr. Thelma Tate
Dr. Thelma H. Tate, passed away on May 20, 2005
after a year-long battle with cancer...
Dr. Thelma Tate
Read A Tribute By Dr. Edward Ramsamy...
had a long and dedicated career as a librarian at Rutgers
University, beginning with her first post at Douglass College
2003 her outstanding contributions were recognized when she
was invited to deliver the prestigious Jean E. Coleman Outreach
Lecture of the American Library Association (ALA) in recognition
for her own work in ensuring that disadvantaged communities
have equity of access to the tools of literacy.
served as Vice-President for Outreach of the Global Literacy
Project, Inc. from our founding, and was a long-time Librarian
at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. As a tireless advocate
for literacy, education, and human dignity, she worked throughout
her career to establish these goals at Rutgers and the community
at large. As Coordinator of Global Outreach Programs for the
Rutgers-New Brunswick libraries, Dr. Tate served as a catalyst
enabling diverse groups of people, drawn from students, faculty,
and staff, to work together to advance literacy as a tool
Thelma traveled widely in Africa and Asia to promote these ideals
and to develop liaisons between foreign libraries and Rutgers
University. Among other honors, Thelma Tate was presented
the Human Dignity Award of the Committee to Advance Our Common
Purposes at Rutgers University.