Prof Kelebogile Setiloane
Vice Chairperson

Kelebogile Setiloane is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Behavioral Health at the University of Delaware (UD).

Kelebogile Setiloane is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Behavioral Health at the University of Delaware (UD). Her work concentrates on international public health with a focus on the nutrition and livelihoods of low-income women and children in Africa and the United States. A native of South Africa, Dr. Setiloane earned her doctorate from Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in the area of Malnutrition & Socioeconomic Development with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She earned her BA from the University of Botswana in Biology and Environmental Sciences and two Masters of Science degrees in Nutritional Sciences from Louisiana State University and Tufts University. She is a recent recipient of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Dr. Setiloane is committed to using her academic expertise and lived experiences in Apartheid South Africa to increase the understanding between health professionals, who often use western biomedical modes of knowledge and their clients who use indigenous knowledge patterns to understand issues related to health.

She has served as the Director of the African Studies Program at UD. In this role, Dr.Setiloane led faculty from across the university in developing and administering educational programs that contributed to an African intellectual body of knowledge and global discourse. Additionally, Dr. Setiloane serves as a member of the Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts housed within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. As a member of this panel, she works closely with local health programs serving low-income women to provide education on breastfeeding and other promoters of nutritional health. She is developing a nutritional public health database on recent African immigrant women in Delaware.

Dr. Setiloane’s international research has focused on the nutritional public health issues of vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly women and children. She has collaborated with colleagues in the Poultry Science Department of Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria to earn a grant from USAID that enables resource-poor women, in rural communities to reduce their local poverty levels. In South Africa, she worked with colleagues at the University Of Pretoria Post Graduate School Of Agriculture on issues of integrating Nutrition and Agriculture with a focus on health and gender empowerment. She is currently working with colleagues at the University of North West on research to increase the level of breastfeeding among South African women.

Dr. Setiloane has had a longstanding academic collaboration with Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, which started with her co-founding, the ‘Summer Institute of Science, Technology and Work Ethics’ for academically talented low-income African American Middle and High School students. More recently, her collaboration with Lincoln University has extended to grant writing programs in nutrition, food security and women’s empowerment in Africa.