Introducing herself became a geography lesson for Ninah-Miriam Kiraya Dickson, an international student in the United States from Tanzania. Navigating cultural differences and developing cultural competence has become a strength for Ninah-Miriam. Cultural competence begins with growing our awareness of our biases. Ninah-Miriam shares how she has confronted her own biases and challenges others to confront their own to become more culturally aware and competent as they navigate a diverse world.
Ninah-Miriam Dickson Kiraya was born and raised on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Ninah-Miriam is currently an International Student at Queens University in Charlotte where she is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship– the highest scholarship at Queens based on high academic and leadership achievement. She is a pre-nursing major with a public health minor. Through educational exhibitions, such as travelling to the University of Oxford, and several immersion trips to multiple countries in both Africa and Europe, Ninah-Miriam has expanded her ideas and perspectives of the world. Additionally, Ninah-Miriam attended the United World College of East Africa in Moshi, Tanzania. Ninah-Miriam believes in the art of diversity for the progression of the world's challenges and strives to develop her cultural competence. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx