Public invited to attend free program by multicultural activist, choreographer

Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free presentation by Deo Mwano, speaker, multicultural activist and choreographer, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Student Union Building auditorium.

At the age of 7, Mwano witnessed the assassination of his father in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In danger of facing their own death, he, his mother and three brothers escaped to the United States in 2000. Once here, he and his brothers connected with people through music and dance and became so professional that they all appeared on ABC TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Mwano’s choreography has been performed in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia through Youth with a Mission Performing Arts Program. He has also worked with the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute by teaching dance and serving as a community adviser.

Funding support for the program is provided by the Beaver campus Student Activity Fee and the Penn State Student Activities Cultural Grant. Mwano has mentored and been a dance instructor for Bringing Refugees, Immigrants and Neighbors Gently into Tomorrow. He was a guest speaker on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth” program speaking on behalf of the refugee community and was a member of the panel discussion focused on the documentary “Uprooted.” He was also a guest speaker at the TEDxAmoskeagMillyard hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.

He currently works as a learning coach team leader for College For America at Southern New Hampshire University. Mwano holds a master’s degree in business administration and strategic leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in political science, history and international relations from New England College. For information, visit Mwano’s website at, or contact Jen Toof, Beaver campus coordinator of student activities and residence life, at or 724-773-3947.

Last Updated February 10, 2014