Computer science sophomore selected as one of 50 students for national leadership training
Who: Rafiki Assumani, a sophomore majoring in computer science and one of 50 students chosen for a national leadership and advocacy program.
The program’s mission: Help students understand global issues, such as food security, agriculture and social justice, and give them tools to initiate change, starting at their home campuses.
Preparation: Assumani believes the “Politics of Developing Countries” course taught by assistant professor Eric Raile prepared him for the interview process by helping him understand a variety of global issues. He also feels his leadership experience serving as president of the African Student Union strengthened his application.
When he returns: He hopes to get more students involved with global issues by creating a club to increase awareness of poverty and social inequalities. He plans to organize advocacy campaigns and conferences, invite speakers and raise funds to support the OXFAM’s efforts around the world.
He also would like to educate students about climate change and inspire more renewable and clean energy research on campus.
Motivation: Assumani grew up in Bukavu, a rapidly growing city in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Having myself faced some of these issues, I have decided since I was 13 to devote my life to advocating the rights of children and other vulnerable people,” he said.
To learn more about Oxfam CHANGE Initiative, visit www.oxfamamerica.org/whatyoucando/take-action/student-action/change