Angelique Shines on Panel


Addressing a room of administrators from 30+ universities, Angelique Uwabera spoke with calm confidence. It was the 11th annual WES Workshop in Washington D.C., a workshop designed to help universities build relationships with international sponsoring organizations, and Angelique was chosen as one of five sponsored student representatives to partake in the student panel.


Angelique, a sophomore at American University, was joined by four of her peers — a sophomore from Kyrgyzstan and three upperclassmen from the United Arab Emirates. Angelique talked about her path to American University, explaining that she first heard about Ashinaga, which exists to provide educational and emotional support to students who have lost one or both parents, through her high school in northern Rwanda. She recalled applying, being selected, and subsequently attending two Ashinaga camps in Uganda with selected students from other countries. She told the audience about her experience and involvement at AU, including her work in the international students’ office and relationships she has formed with her peers. Perhaps most impressively, she explained that she has already founded an organization — the Unfold Scholarship Initiative — which aims to break the cycle of poverty through providing school fees to underprivileged children to attain quality education in Rwandan private schools.


Angelique is a member of the first class in the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, a leadership program which aims to contribute to the development of Sub-Saharan Africa by resourcing brilliant, socially-minded students. She was chosen in AAI’s inaugural Class of 2014 as the sole representative from Rwanda.


At American University, Angelique studies International Relations. In the long-term, she aspires to strengthen humanitarian efforts for children in Africa, especially in countries of high conflict, and she is already taking concrete steps to achieve this. This coming summer, she plans to return to Rwanda to intern with Partners in Health.


We believe that if Angelique’s future is anything like her present, the future will be bright.