Kenya Students in Diaspora Foundation

The Kenya Students in Diaspora (KESID) Foundation is an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in North Carolina. This organization was established for the exclusive purpose of advancing the academic success and career growth of Kenyan Students in Diaspora. Through mentoring, cross-cultural training, and scholarship empowerment, the hope is to empower future leaders in the Kenyan community to take their skills to a global scale.

Our Vision and Mission

Vision and Mission Statement

Vision : Students will  be empowered and equipped to achieve their academic and professional goals and contribute to a global and diverse workplace.

Mission​: To empower Kenyan and Kenyan American  students to expand their horizons as global professionals and community change agents  by:

  • Providing mentorship, advisement, career coaching, and scholarship support
  • ​Spearheading  cross-cultural training to promote acculturation, global connections and  study abroad 

  • ​​Providing scholarship support for research collaborations, study abroad, service learning  and community engagement

  •  Facilitating  workshops, symposiums, local and international collaborative  academic  trips and  conferences

  • Facilitating  partnership with America students interested in study abroad and collaborative research projects 

  • Coordinating cultural projects, study abroad, serving learning & community engagement events.


KESID Student Groups 

1.   Kenya International Students in Diaspora

2.   Kenya International Student-Athletes in Diaspora 

3.   Kenyan American Students in Diaspora


Our board is composed of industry leaders with extensive experience dedicated to furthering opportunities for Kenyan Students. The board serves to organize leadership events, establish exceptional accounting and financial procedures, and broaden the experiences of Kenyan students. Through their skills and collaborative efforts, they were able to fundraise over $10,000 within their first month of launching to aid students in transitions heightened by the pandemic. 

Jerono P. Rotich, Ph.D.

CEO and Founder of KESID. Professor of  Kinesiology & Recreation Administration at North Carolina Central University

& President of Kenya Scholars & Studies Association (KESSA )


Jesse G. Muchai, Ph.D,


Engineer at Cummins Inc. Indianapolis, IN


Dana Mohler-Faria,  Ph.D

He  was the eleventh President of Bridgewater State University and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

   Erastus Karanja, Ph.D, Assistant 

Professor  of Business at 

North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC   

Janet M'mbaha,

Ph.D, Associate Professor of 

Health Sciences and Human Performance at 

Alabama A&M University, AL


   Robert W. Chiuri,  CEO and chairman of Global Standards Resources & Institute (USA)

, New Albany OH    

Jennifer Willey, 

 Department of Criminal Justice at

North Carolina Central University and

Founder of Girls  Empowerment Project in Nairobi, Kenya.

Joseph Langat,


Professor of Chemistry,

  at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida

Eng. Walter Wanyama PH.D. , Hydraulic Systems Engineer, Caterpillar Inc, North Carolina

Patrick Mose,


Instructional Technologist,

Ohio University, Ohio

Antony Kamnao , Founder of Double Impact ministry, Founder & CEO of KEMEN (Kenya Men empowerment network)

Peter Ndiang'ui,

Ed. D,  Professor at 

Florida Gulf Coast University and
President of African Network of SW Florida & Chairman of City of Fort Myers Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion Advisory 

Ms. Miriam Mbotha Health Care Provider, Idaho  

Peter Theuri. ,

Ph. D,

Associate Professor of Accounting at North Carolina A&T State University (A&T) in Greensboro, North Carolina  

Student Leaders

These distinguished students are leaders on their respective capacities  and embody the leadership goals of KESID. Student leaders serve as liaisons for the executive management team and Board of Trustees, using their skills to promote and organize leadership events, communicate needs of members, and serve as representatives of KESID. 

Anne Njathi,

Ph.D Student,

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 

Kelly Chege

Ph. D. Student in BioRenwable Systems & International Agricultural Development,

 Penn State University, PA

Gilbert Makomere, M.S in Human Development & Family Studies,  Oklahoma State University, OK

Peggy Sayo,

M.S. in International Development,

Ohio University. OH 

Kelvin Waruiru Kangethe, 

Bergen Community College in New Jersey, NJ

Moffat Juma,

PhD ( Chemistry) student, University of Alabama at Birmingham,  Al 

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