Tyler Musgrave is a Ph.D. in information science and is currently studying Swahili (Kiswahili) at U-M. She has been enjoying her language studies because of her teacher, Magdalyne Akiding. Musgrave highlights the worldview perspective demonstrated in the course that includes the culture and the philosophy associated with understanding a language. Her career plans will be to take her Michigan education to Africa, where she plans on furthering her work.
Musgrave was the first person at the University of Michigan to receive the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship in Kiswahili. She spent the past summer in Tanzania thanks to the funding support from the International Language Scholarship from Rackham and Global Individual Grants (GIG) Scholarship from the International Institute.
Currently, Musgrave is a fellow with Ubuntu Dialogues at Michigan State University that has been a great inspiration to her Kiswahili learning.