For some White students, the experience of being a racial minority is new and takes some time to get used to. We will spend time in orientation and in the early weeks of the semester processing this experience. You will likely be called a “Muzungu” at times, which is a Swahili word that means meaning “someone who wanders around aimlessly.” In East Africa, it’s used to refer to a White or foreign person. Know that it’s not a derogatory term.
Non-Christian or Non-Believing Students
At the Uganda Studies Program, we embrace a Christ-centered perspective in education, which recognizes Christ as the creator, redeemer, restorer, and Lord of both the visible and invisible aspects of the world. Therefore, we approach academic disciplines such as health, social work, business, literature, history, and others as inherently created by God, for God's glory and the betterment of mankind. However, this perspective does not imply that we attempt to find Bible verses for every scientific problem, isolate ourselves from diverse ideas present in the world, or solely rely on texts written by Christians. Instead, it means that we firmly believe and teach that even in our imperfect world, all truth, goodness, and beauty found in any academic discipline or area of life are ultimately rooted in Christ. Our aim is to educate students from this perspective so that they can grow in their wonder and love for God while deepening their understanding of Christ's role in their life and vocation. You do not need to be a Christian to attend, but we want all students to clearly understand the context in which they will study and the foundations that guide the program inside and outside the classroom.