Sally Nuamah, B.A. '11, trustee

Sally Nuamah

Sally Nuamah is a scholar, advocate and filmmaker, focusing on the use of research and digital mediums to tell stories of the disadvantaged. In 2007, she was awarded the Princeton Prize by Princeton University alumni for her work in improving race relations. That same year she was also selected among thousands of students for the National Coca­Cola scholarship and the Gates Millennium scholarship.

In the fall of 2008, Sally had the great opportunity to work for president Barack Obama as a health policy intern. In 2009, she began collecting footage for her documentary, HerStory, on girls and Education in Ghana. This work was highlighted in her 2013 TEDx talk, Clapping with One Hand, in addition her film's selection as " Best Educational Documentary Short" at Bare Bones; a film festival ranked top 20 by PBS for Documentaries. The film has screened across the U.S, Africa and the Caribbean and is now available to thousands of students via Discovery Education.

In 2011 she was given the GWU Manatt-­Trachtenberg Award, presented to a student who has significantly challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the university, inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, and named one of two Distinguished Scholars; the highest mark of distinction at the George Washington University. That same year she was selected for the National Science Foundation fellowship and began her studies as a PhD Candidate at Northwestern University.

In 2014, She was named a pre­doctoral fellow recipient at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she was named a post­doctoral fellow at Princeton University and a Women and Public Policy fellow at Harvard University. In the fall of 2017, she will begin a tenure track professor position at Duke University.

Sally has also conducted research across the U.S, Ghana and South Africa for a number of groups including the USAID and the United Nations Foundation. For her broader work, she was selected by the Changing Worlds organization as one of its connecting cultures honorees. Sally was also recently elected to the GWU Board of Trustees and named one of Chicago's 35 under 35 leaders making an impact.