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Aika Swai
Position: NYS Bridges Program Coordinator
Aika Swai provides overall support at our participating schools through curriculum coaching, curriculum development, professional development and some school coordination. She earned an MA in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 2004 and has since taught literacy, literary education and performance in various settings, both in the United States and in Tanzania, where she grew up. In New York, she has conducted outreach and trainings for youth, their families and school staff on issues of cultural competency with a specific focus on the role of gender in the immigration, refugee and diasporic experience. Mrs Swai is interested in cross-cultural imagination/communication and teaching strategies that utilize story-telling, dramatic animation and translanguaging.