Cecilia Bwanakweri is a RISE AmeriCorps summer member at Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Cecilia is a rising sophomore at Mount Mercy University where she is considering studies in Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology.
Cecilia was born and raised in Zambia where her family fled after the Rwandan genocide. Originally from Rwanda, she had the chance to experience various lifestyles when moving back and forth between the city and the village. Consequently, she has been very passionate about studying different cultures, languages, and traditions.
Cecilia has said that arriving in America was the happiest day of her life. Living in the US for almost 9 years now, she has had yet another experience of new lifestyles. Her goal is to work with immigrants and refugees around the country to help them start a new life and feel like they are home.