Mafoya Dossoumon learned the importance of communication while growing up in his native Benin.
As a teen living in the coastal city of Cotonou in Western Africa, Dossoumon became fascinated with computers and online communications. Dossoumon said he saw the impact of the internet and how social media gave African people the chance to have their own voice through various websites.
That interest continued years later after Dossoumon graduated from SIUE with a master’s degree in public administration in 2011. Learning more about non-profit employment opportunities and online communication studies inspired him to pursue a second master’s degree on mass communications.
“I found there was a challenge in non-for-profit organizations to really articulate the work and get the word out about the activities,” Dossoumon said.
“I felt that was an area I could use all of my skills because I have a background in computer studies. I thought it made me a very well-rounded professional.”
Today, he works as the communications manager at the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) in Ottawa, Canada, a position he started in September. The SIUE grad updates the organization’s website and is in charge of social media connections. Dossoumon helps promote CMA events and also works on the CMA website interface. He serves as a media liaison
; writing press releases and facilitating story ideas.