Photo contest winner: Maasai Mardi Gras

Cultures mingle as Tulane students and children in Losho, Kenya, exchange songs, dance and Mardi Gras beads. Epidemiology student Nikki Davis is the first-place winner of a photo competition in the Tulane School of Public Health for her shot taken in Losho in June 2011.

Maasai Mardi Gras

The photo competition was hosted by the school’s Student Government Association on the theme “One World, One Community” as part of this year’s centennial celebration of the school’s founding.

Davis, who will receive a master of public health degree in epidemiology in May, says she was working with the Maasai American Organization as Tulane medical, graduate and undergraduate students participated in education and health projects in Kenya last summer. Her practicum project was designing and implementing a tuberculosis screening program for the village. 

“Students from the primary school performed traditional songs and dances to share a bit of their culture with us. In return, we gave them Mardi Gras beads to share a little bit of New Orleans with them,” Davis says.

Davis, originally from Springfield, Ill., hopes to work with tuberculosis internationally following graduation.

April 11, 2012



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