Dr. Penina Kamina participated and attended the recently concluded Kenya Scholars and Studies Association conference (KESSA) held on September 8-9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Faculty Center and the Elementary Education & Reading department funds supported this travel. Besides attending other presentations and networking with other professionals, she served as one of the conference’s session chair, as one of the mentors to graduate students and as a presenter in three panels. The first panel, …Building Capacity in Teacher Education and Doctoral Preparation through Collaboration, discussions were conducted with two other faculty presenters from Syracuse and California State-San Marcos universities. The second panel, Making a Case for Promotion & Tenure: The Challenge for Foreign-Born Professionals, had two faculty presenters from Texas Tech University and University of Northern Alabama. The third and final panel had six presenters which was a mix of faculty, graduate students and education specialists looking at Professor Joanna Masingila’s Past and Present Projects that have and continue to nurture higher education and enhances capacity building.