Graduated: 2007, Masters in Pan African Studies
Thesis title: Stand tall : Introducing the Kati Jamii model and reclaiming African Americans' educative heritage
Graduate Student Information
Melissa Y. Watts
2007 graduate, PAS program
Melissa Watts is a recent graduate of Syracuse University's (SU) groundbreaking Masters of Pan African Studies program. After earning her MA degree from SU, Melissa continued to focus on the underpinnings of her thesis, Stand Tall: Introducing the Kati Jamii Model and Reclaiming African Americans Educative Heritage. As a proud alum, Melissa is committed to working within Black Communities for self reliance and cultural resilience. Near and dear to her heart are Melissa's husband and two children, whom push her and keep her grounded. Most recently, Melissa has been honored with the privilege of joining the Board of Trustees of Khepera Charter School, an African Centered Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. Melissa is the Director of the Foster Parenting Program at a leading local non-profit organization that focuses on children traumatized by abuse and neglect. In her free time, she is the proud Secretary of the Wazuri Parents Council at Khepera Charter School, volunteers at Kiddie Carriage, an ever expanding child educational facility and maintains close ties to a local entrepreneur empowering Black communities, Larry Farmbry & Associates. Melissa continues to strive for greatness in alliance with our ancestors while focusing on the incredible power of well educated children.