Bernie Mshana

Student, Artist, and Blogger in Hartford, CT

Bernie Mshana

Student, Artist, and Blogger in Hartford, CT

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Bernie Mshana, a womanist by passion, an entrepreneur by circumstance and an artist by trade, is an International Studies with a concentration on African Studies scholar at Trinity College.

Having successfully tried and tested enterprising her artwork while at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) by creating beadworks for EmoArt -a student enterprise that teaches emotional intelligence and life skills to teenage girls- and making garments for POWER RoBe's -a tailoring and mending business that she started- Bernie is determined to become an Afro-Feminist Fashion Entrepreneur who's work will economically and socially empower African women.

Bernie is currently pushing her Afro-feminist agendas on her blog imara under the domain berniemshana.com.

At Trinity, Bernie has been the General Secretary of the African Students Association, a Freshman Resident Assistant and an active member of the Women Gender Resource Action Center. In the past, Bernie has interned at the Africa Careers Network, served as the Secretary-General of UN Clubs Tanzania Network (UNCTN) and co-founded The Mark's Ego, a school magazine that raised funds for student's sports and entertainment activities at St. Mark's Secondary School.

Most recently, Bernie interned for BRAVE Rock Girls as a Programmes and Communications Intern in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Employer Partnerships Department and Career Development Program at African Leadership University (ALU) in Mauritius and was a Visual Arts Intern at Nafasi Art Space, the leading contemporary art centre and creative hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

  • Work
    • imara by Bernie Mshana
  • Education
    • Trinity College
    • African Leadership Academy
    • University of Cape Town