USICD Welcomes Mary Dakim
October 8, 2010
Mary Dakim is a second-year graduate student in International Development program at Gallaudet University, Washington DC. She was born and raised in a small farming village near Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. In 2007, Ms. Dakim completed her undergraduate studies, earning a B.S. and BA degrees respectively in Economics and Finance and Elementary Education from Gallaudet University. Currently, she is teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the English Language Institute (ELI), a sub-unit of the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) at Gallaudet University. Most recently, Mary joined the Department of Business at Gallaudet as an Adjunct faculty member teaching economics to undergraduate and graduate students.
Ms. Dakim is doing her Practicum at the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) as part of her academic requirements for the International Development program. During her fall practicum at the USICD, Ms. Dakim will be working with a team of librarians and disability experts to gather useful and quality resources for the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL). Ms. Dakim has had other internship experiences including a stint as an accountant with Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and in Nigeria with the Plateau State Ministries of Education and Finance. She also did a teaching internship at the Sandy Spring Friends School in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she taught 4th graders Language Arts, Social Studies and other subjects.
Ms. Dakim views education as a key to escaping poverty. Therefore, she wants to be a resource for girls and women with disabilities affected by war, inequality, and social stigma. Dakim notes that the United Nations has acknowledged girls and women with disabilities as some of the most marginalized members of society. This has inspired Ms. Dakim to pursue avenues for becoming a catalyst in advocating and facilitating the empowerment of women with disabilities in developing countries.