An exciting and challenging part of the study abroad experience is daily life outside the academic realm. Students are encouraged to integrate into the local community, explore their interests, and immerse themselves as deeply as possible into the local culture. At the same time, NYU housing provides a community of support to our students via on-site staff, as well as students sharing their experiences as they acclimate to Accra.
The student affairs staff is responsible for assisting students with daily issues to crisis support. The staff is trained to deal with day-to-day problems that many students face while studying abroad. Utmost discretion will be used in dealing with your case. Via the Community Resource Assistants students are afforded both formal and informal linkages into local peer networks, and provided with access to peers who can answer their questions.
Local staff organize a number of activities with and for students. The objective of these activities is to help students to become an active part of the NYU Accra community and experience Ghanaian life in interesting, fun, and profound ways. To find out exactly what is going on during the semester, keep an eye on the Calendar of Events and speak with local staff.
Akosua Anyidoho was educated at Krobo Training College and the Advanced Training College, both in Ghana. She attended Edgehill College in Ormskirk, England. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and English at the University of Ghana, Legon and continued at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her Masters and Ph.D degrees in Foreign Language Education. Her research interests include Second Language Teaching and Learning, Language and Gender, and Oral Literature.
She has disseminated the results of her research at many international conferences and has contributed to edited books and academic journals, including the prestigious North American based Research in African Literatures, a publication of the African Literature Association, of which she is a member. She is also a member of the West African Linguistic Society, Ghana Association of Linguistics, the Ghana English Studies Association and a co-coordinator of the Ghana Committee of Women Writing African Projects, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Feminist Press. She has co- authored a book on the oral literature of the Akan of Ghana. Her book, Teaching English as a Second Language in Ghana: Building the Foundation is in press.
Akosua began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher, and went on to teach English Language and Literature at the secondary level for many years. Since 1984 she has been a faculty member of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Ghana, Legon. During those years she has served on and chaired a number of University boards and committees. From September 2000-August 2002, she was the chair of her department and in the 2002/2003 academic year, a Visiting Scholar at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Since 1994 she has coordinated several foreign study and exchange programs between her university and various American institutions of higher learning. Besides her academic interests, Akosua enjoys listening to highlife music, dancing,walking and gardening. She is married with three grown-up daughters.
Marian is the Student Life Coordinator for the NYU Accra Program. She obtained herBachelor of Education degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape-Coast andcontinued at the University of Ghana where she obtained an M. A. degree in Population studies.Marian has had the opportunity of working with international organizations such as Church World Service and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees where she worked as a caseworker assistant and protection counselor respectively. She comes to NYU Accra with a background in education and counseling. She worked with an organization (Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment) that provides counseling and psychosocial support to survivors of domestic violence. Whilst working at WISE she held the position of Schools’ Outreach Coordinator and Internship/VolunteerCoordinator. As the Internship Coordinator she supervised and coordinated the activities of both local and foreign interns/volunteers on the Internship program. Besides working, Marian loves to dance, listen to music, watch films and write short stories. She is married with a son.
Patricia manages NYU Accra accounts, facilities and equipment and provides support for the running of the program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree form the University of Cape-Coast. She also has an MBA in Finance from University of Lincoln. Pat loves to read in her leisure hours. She is married with two children
Victor Kweku Yeboah is the Coordinator for Community service and Internships for NYU-Accra. He is also in charge of security. He began his high school education at Peki Secondary School in the Volta region of Ghana where he completed his Ordinary Level education between 1988-1993. He continued to Presby Boy’s Secondary School, Legon
(PRESEC-LEGON) in Accra where he completed his advanced level between 1993-1995. He later obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Tourism from the University of Cape Coast between 1997-2000. Just after school he worked with Student and Youth Travel Organization (SYTO) as a Regional Coordinator for Volunteer Programs in Ashanti and
Brong-Ahafo regions for two years. He has been in Cross-Cultural Programs management ever since and keenly involved in the drawing and marketing of inbound programs. He undertook some consultancy work in the drawing of inbound programs for organizations
like Youth for Understanding (YFU) and Global Family Network Foundation (GFNG) in 2005-2006.
Victor has a diversity of work experiences in the areas of Telecom and Security System Management and Operations. In Telecom, he worked as s Customer Service Representative with Supra Telecom, Ghana (now defunct). In security system management, he worked as a Network Controller with Secpoint Security Systems for three years where he was involved in the coordination and monitoring of the entire security system installations in Accra and Tema zones. At Secpoint,
he also handled customers’ requests and complaints as well as managed the human resource issues of guards at post.
His hobbies are music especially slow jam, R & B and love to listen to great singers like Andrea Bocelli and Pavarotti. He also likes to exercise regularly at the gym to keep fit.
Delali Kudu the NYU-Accra Nurse looks forward to working with you in Accra and assisting you with health and safety issues so that you enjoy your time here,academically as well as socially. She will have an office in the residences with set hours:Mondays 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at ChurchCrescent and Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00a.m.at Solomon’s lodge. In addition shewill be on-call for medical emergencies, referrals and assistance. She is a graduate from the university of Ghana. She also works as a full time nurse with the paediatric unit of the 37 Military Hospital.
Chris is an Assistant Facilities Manager and he also manages the NYU Accra Library. He joined NYU Accra in January 2006 as a National Service Person and moved on to be a CRA in August 2006, a position he held until July 2009. Chris is looking forward to helping you have great experience in Ghana outside the classroom while you accustom yourself to Accra and Ghana as a whole. Chris graduated from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor's in Information Studies. He loves to listen to music and watch movies.
Kingsley works both as the teaching assistant for the Documenting the African City Class and arranging special programs. He is a graduate from the school of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana. His interests are film making, acting, swimming, and traveling among others.
Selasi is a Community Resource Assistant (CRA) and Administrative Assistant at NYU Accra. She lives with students in the residential facilities and acts as a first resource for students for students on cross-cultural adjustment issues, providing information and support as necessary. In addition, she provides support for all aspects of the program, especially with course readings and extracurricular activities. Selasi obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of Ghana. She loves to dance, sample new foods and relax. She can't wait to say Akwaaba to you!
Benardine (loves to be called Benny) is a Community Resource Assistant (CRA) and Administrative Assistant at NYU Accra. She lives with students in the residential facilities and acts as a first resource for students for students on cross-cultural adjustment issues, providing information and support as necessary. In addition, she provides support for all aspects of the program, including course readings and extracurricular activities. Benny obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from the University of Ghana. She loves reading, watching movies, photography, traveling, driving and generally playing with gadgets. She is ready to help you have an amazing Ghanaian experience.
Jessica is the NY Site Representative for NYU Accra and NYU London. She is excited to be working with students as they prepare to study at NYU Accra!