Dr. Munjanja holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota, and he completed his Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry at the University of Rochester in New York. During his time at the University of Rochester, Dr. Munjanja developed a deep interest in advocating for and supporting the professional success of scientists (students, staff, faculty and administrators) from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
He has spearheaded initiatives promoting equity in science at various institutions, including a National Science Foundation research center, private and public R1 institutions. Dr. Munjanja is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), and Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), among others.
His dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has earned him recognition, including prestigious awards such as the American Chemical Society's Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in Chemical Sciences and the Ebony Excellence Award at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Currently, he serves as the Senior Community Engagement Officer in the Office of the Senior Vice-Provost for Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).