“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home-so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are places where every man, woman, child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world”Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.
Is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Diversity & Inclusion Center-ADIC, together with John Ssebowa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering Diversity & Inclusion on the African continent specifically focusing on Women, Youths and Minority groups of people. Ipolito served as the Executive Director of Takao Foundation, an organization focused on serving marginalized communities of Women, Youths and Minorities in areas of Health, Economic Justice and Rights, and fighting against Faith-based discrimination in the Eastern African region. As a network organization, Takao grew under the leadership of Ipolito to include 25 Member organizations spread throughout the region. Prior to this, he served as a team leader for field Officers serving Key Populations (People who easily contract HIV and transmit it to others) specifically Women, Truckers, Uniformed Personnel and Fisher Folks in different parts of Uganda at MARPS Network. Prior to that, he held a leadership position at Out & Proud, a local Community -Based organization based in Entebbe serving the youths as a targeted intervention in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Raised by a single parent, He witnessed firsthand, the challenges women go through and the obstacles before them, when making a living for themselves and later their children. He has always been an advocate for Women’s Rights, knowing that those who came before him leveled the Ground in the simplest of the ways they could, thus passed on the responsibility to him too, to act in the best interest of Diveristy, Equality and Inclusion not only for Women, but also for All Humanity. He continues to be driven by a larger goal of helping people everywhere obtain Equality, Equity,
“I have always served the marginalized communities in my Home Country-Uganda from the very time when I was a teenager in the late 1990s and saw HIV cruelly taking away the lives of those, I loved including my father and lending our communities powerless. I used to volunteer with World Vision-Buwana Area Development Program, through performing Arts and counseling, and since then, it’s been part of me, to sympathize with those not being treated equally in society”
Prior to joining the Non-Profit world, he served in a number of positions in local businesses, and startups.
He is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, A Keynote Speaker, A Diversity Lead, Human Rights Advocate, Mentor, Role Model, Board Member, Entrepreneur, Faith Leader and Preacher, who is widely respected for his ingenuity, insights and simple approach to the Bible which leaves the congregations always in awe.
““An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all Humanity”Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Years ago, a vision came to me to make a difference in my high school- Airforce Senior Secondary School, Entebbe and better the relationships of young women and men especially from broken families in the neighborhood, whom I was surrounded by. I realized how much easier it was for us as young people to help uplift one another and tolerate each other’s’ differences than it was to put each other down and isolate ourselves using cliques. I also recognized that a lot of us were experiencing the same issues as young men, women, and minority groups of people: from low self-esteem, stigma, discrimination, to lack of self-love, and not knowing how to deal with conflict. It is now my passion and calling to pour positivity into women, youths, and minorities especially those at the margins of society while continuing to learn what issues women and youths face today, helping them to better develop themselves into our future leaders. African Diversity and Inclusion Center is just the beginning and a stepping stone for me to be able to practice my passion”.
John Ssebowa is a Thought leader, Public speaker, Strategist, Business owner, and Co-Founder of African Diversity & Inclusion Center. He was born in Masaka District and studied in Entebbe, where he attended Airforce Senior Secondary School and held different positions including Leader, National Patriotism Corps of Uganda, Chairman-Students Committee, Elder- Students Disciplinary Court where he performed Jury duty. It is in Entebbe where he met multi-cultural perspectives that ultimately shaped his perspective on Diversity & Inclusion and as a result of this privilege, he obtained a mindset, not only through observation and research but action too that informs his work to this day.
He frequently speaks at conferences and workshops on the topics of Privilege, Cultural Differences, Youths’ inclusions, Equitable Service Provision to youths, Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Equality, Ethnic Relations, and Activism. He sees activism and advocacy as his contributions to furthering Civil and Human Rights.
He is a Mentor, Role model, Leader, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Husband and father of two wonderful children who sees himself as the Chief Encouragement Officer.