Alumnus (2018): University of Ghana Chapter (Health And Social Care Worker – UK: Leadership, Activism, Volunteering)
(Don) Dzifa Blagogee is part of the 2018 year group of the TTCJN alumni. She belonged to the University of Ghana Chapter.
She was very hard working and committed and due to her diligence and competence, she was appointed as the Chapter Manageress of her chapter. During her tenure as Chapter Manageress, membership increased by 25% and revenue from the sale of our intercampus newspaper also increased by a similar margin.
She has a high team spirit and is able to really motivate her subordinates to work towards any objective. The role involved organizing volunteer activities, the sale of our newspapers, class-class recruitments and inter-chapter conferences. She handled all those responsibilities quite meticulously.
She is also a selfless and patriotic person who loves to volunteer to help the less privileged in society. She was very instrumental in the establishment and implementation of our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme which seeks to assist deprived basic schools with teaching and mentorship. As a pacesetter for the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme, she volunteered 6 hours of tuition and mentorship and was able to impact the lives of 150 of 499 pupils (30%) at the Abokobi Presby ‘1’ Basic School in Accra, Ghana.
She did her part both as a Telescope and leader, and eventually graduated as a Front Page Correspondent (Level 3 Rank). Read more about her achievements here.
Leadership, Activism, Volunteerism Activities
Dzifa is currently a Health And Social Care Worker in the UK. However, she has been doing a lot of work in Mentorship, Volunteerism, Leadership and Activism; especially, during her time at Keele University, UK and Caudwell Children, U.K. She was the Equality and Diversity Officer for the Keele Postgraduate Association and was also the Lead for Keele Black Lives Matter. Below are some of her works so far:
Volunteerism & Impact Activities
- Volunteered with Caudwell Children U.K (April-August 2020) – A national charity dedicated to improving the lives of disabled children in the UK. She was responsible for searching and creating educative and entertaining virtual activities for children with autism and other learning and health challenges during the lockdown period. About Us – Caudwell Children
- Volunteered with Keele World Affairs U.K (November 2019- March 2020) – Europe’s Leading Series Lecture Meetings on International Politics and Global Issues. She was responsible for facilitating the “Question and Answer” sessions during discussions on international politics and global issues. Keele World Affairs – Main Page. Read mor about her success for this particular achievement here.
- Leadership Diary Training Program, Ghana (2014) – She taught and mentored students of lower primary at Independence Avenue School and volunteered 18 hours to teach general subjects.
Positions Of Responsibility
Keele BLM Lead (2020)
Along with a small group of students and staff of Keele, and in response to the mass BLM protests as well as the insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty black students faced at Keele, she accepted the responsibility of heading this body. In a few months of its establishment, they were able to have meetings with the Vice Chancellor and Human Resource personnel of the university, to highlight the plight of students, make specific suggestions for proactive measures which the institution began to adopt.
During the Black History month and due to social distancing rules, they held a virtual event themed “Black Is Beautiful Festival” – the first ever in Keele, to celebrate Black history and achievements. It was successfully held on Facebook with the help of of the Keele Postgraduate Association, BAME Society, Kwanzaa Collective UK, Keele Afro Dance Society and members of Keele BLM. Every Wednesday, members “Took The Knee” virtually to show solidarity, to help provide a safe space for Black people and for others who wanted to learn about racism and to help promote equality in order to make Keele and its surrounding areas a safe environment for students.
KPA Equality and Diversity Officer (2020)
This position covered a wide variety of duties such as addressing discrimination and ensuring inclusivity of students. Although its regular programs had to be modified to suit lockdown rules and social distancing, it involved advocating for disabled, BAME and LGBTQ+ students. During this four-month period, the role was mainly involved with addressing inequality, uncertainty and the challenges international students faced with quality education during the national lockdown.