Coe College announces 2022 Commencement speaker

Jane Ebot-Bish Dr. Jane O. Ebot-Bish, senior advisor at the Center for Government Excellence at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, will address Kohawk graduates as Coe College’s 2022 Commencement speaker.

Dr. Ebot-Bish, Coe Class of 2008, is a sociologist and demographer who sharpened her expertise by examining how social determinants impact health and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In her current role with the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ebot-Bish collaborates with global city leaders to strengthen cities’ data systems and practices with the end goal being to create equitable and sustainable solutions to challenges and barriers of city residents.

Prior to joining the Center for Government Excellence, Dr. Ebot-Bish was an Assistant Faculty Member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she led monitoring and evaluation activities in over 100 international cities for The Challenge Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Dr. Ebot-Bish was a technical advisor for the United States Agency for International Development, where she supported the implementation of family planning and reproductive health and education projects in more than 10 countries as part of the UN Sustainability Development Agenda to End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths.

Dr. Ebot-Bish earned her master’s degree and doctorate in sociology with a specialization in demography from The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, religion and philosophy from Coe.

“I know for a fact I wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't had a core group of mentors and professors at Coe who saw me for me — who saw my experiences as an immigrant Black woman as meaningful enough to coach me through my failures and celebrate with me during my spectacular successes,” Dr. Ebot-Bish said.

Coe’s Commencement ceremony will be Sunday, May 8, at 10 a.m. on the Stewart Memorial Library quad.

In her Commencement address, Dr. Ebot-Bish will call to mind the challenges the senior class has faced head-on during their time at Coe and also openly share what she knows about the world Coe graduates are about to enter.

“As Commencement approaches, I am feeling a tremendous amount of grace. Coe was my home for four spectacular years and was the platform from which I learned to say ‘yes’ to challenging experiences. I've worked with midwives in Agra, mayors in Tanzania and sat on a very special team of data scientists that brought you that little thing known as the Johns Hopkins University COVID Dashboard. Coming back to Coe is my way of thanking everyone for coaching me to achieve my dreams,” Dr. Ebot-Bish said.


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