Magok G Riak Dud
Magok Riak Dud is a native of Yirol, South Sudan. Due to the civil war in South Sudan, and after a long odyssey that took him to North Sudan, Egypt, and Italy, he arrived in the U.S. in October, 2006. Magok trained as a Structural Engineer and is now training to become an Architect. He is also a certified teacher and intercultural mediator. Before leaving Sudan, he taught Math and Chemistry in the internal displaced schools in Khartoum as a volunteer. Magok was a founding member of St. Augustine Secondary School and worked and taught as an intercultural mediator in Italy.
As a community organizer, he helped organize and lead the South Sudanese community in both Italy and in Lansing, Michigan. Magok served as a member of the Engineering Without Borders Association in Italy and is currently a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), board member of RSSVP, and President of the Southern Sudan Rescue and Relief Association (SSRRA), which was founded in Lansing in 2003 to provide assistance to the Sudanese who have been relocated to the U.S.
Magok personally experienced how difficult it is to go to school in South Sudan. His first two years of schooling in Yirol he sat under a mango tree learning to write in the sand. That is why he believes that change in village life has to start with someone, somewhere. To Magok, the best way to be a part of that change is being a part of RSSVP.