Dr. Grace Lubwama | Meet the CEO of the YWCA in Kalamazoo the First and Oldest YWCA in the State of Michigan

Posted August 14, 2021 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Inspiring Stories ~ 2,166 views


KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited The Creamery, a mixed-income housing development in Kalamazoo, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The governor also held a news conference regarding her affordable housing investment plan for Michigan state. This was Kalamazoo’s latest and newest mixed-income affordable housing apartment complex.

During the event Gov. Whitmer was joined by: Kalamazoo Mayor David Anderson, Kelly Rose, Chief Housing Solutions Officer for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Matt Hollander, President of the Hollander Development and The Creamery, Grace Lubwama, CEO of the YWCA of Kalamazoo, Aisha Sturkey, resident of The Creamery. See Kalamazoo Channel 3 news coverage of the presser and Dr Grace Lubwama’s speech towards the end of the video feed.

About — Dr. Grace Lubwama, a native of Uganda, brings a broad global perspective to her experience with public health, organizational leadership, and community development. Her global perspective also infuses her strong public advocacy approach to issues of social justice and community transformation. Currently Grace serves as the CEO of the YWCA in Kalamazoo the first and oldest YWCA in the state of Michigan, dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Kalamazoo is leading the charge around public health issues such as; 1) Improving the lives of children through accessible, quality, early-learning and childcare for families; 2) Advancing race and gender equity by creating a just community through advocacy and system change; 3) Caring for victims of abuse by providing domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking services; and 4) Promoting infant and maternal health by using evidence-based home visitation and outreach programs which address complex public health issues such as infant mortality.

Grace believes that systems, policies and laws that create and sustain social injustice must be evaluated, understood and changed. “I hope that the YWCA can lead the community in creating a more socially just and equitable future for all its citizens, especially the most vulnerable,”

Grace has received her BA in Fine Arts and Industrial Design from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University in Boston, MA, and her PhD in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA. She has in the past worked for Boston University, Antelope Valley Partners for Health and World Vision.

Grace has lived in United States for more than 20 years. She currently resides in Kalamazoo Michigan with her two boys Jaden and Jethro

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