Class of 2022
Christiane Umutoni is a freshman at Beloit College, studying computer science. To contribute to Beloit’s community, she is a member of the alumni connection team at Beloit International Students Career Services. This on-campus organization helps international students navigate their life in the U.S. in terms of obtaining legal documents, connecting with international alumni, internships and jobs. Along with being involved on-campus, Christiane enjoys learning new programming languages - Java, CSS, HTML, C, and C++. Before joining SHE-CAN and coming to the U.S., Christiane had lived in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. When she returned to Rwanda, she attended the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST), an outstanding girls’ school where she was awarded a scholarship for her academic excellence. Outside of the classroom, Christiane spent her three years as a leader of GGAST’s Community Service Club, where she tutored at a nearby primary school, cleaned homes of the elderly twice a month, and donated school materials to poor children in the neighborhood. For her SHE-CAN Take the Lead project, she raised money to purchase health insurance cards for some of the poorest primary school children that she tutored. She knows that many students drop out of school due to untreated illness and hopes that by providing health insurance to families that cannot pay for medical care services it will improve their children’s attendance and performance at school. Christiane has always been passionate about technology and wants to use her degree in computer science to contribute to the innovation and expansion of technology in Rwanda.