Irene Marie Yayishimiye
Irene is the youngest sibling in her family, and coming from a large family of seven made finding her own voice a difficult task. She graduated from Lycée de Kigali, where she focused on mathematics, physics and computer science. She worked with several groups and clubs during her high school years, including Red Cross where she was Club Leader. Outside of school, she is focusing on activities that will prepare her for a career in Information Communication Technologies. She has been part of the HeheLabs’ Code Club since 2013, which is a program that finds solutions to public problems through IT. Currently, she leads the Mozilla Rwanda Community, where she works as a mobilizer and translator. Previously, she worked with a local health care center to help new mothers understand nutrition planning. She also worked with HVP GATAGARA, a school helping children with visual impairments to sensitize girls and teach physically handicapped children how to overcome physical limitations through playing sports. Furthermore, she found herself mentoring young high school girls through UWICYEZA Project on how to implement community service projects. In 2017, Irene worked with WorldWideWomen where she assisted with the construction of a searchable database of women’s organizations around the world. In the spring 2017, Irene volunteered with Women In Engineering at MSU to introduce young girls to engineering skills, and she also attended the Michigan Women in Computing conference to help expand the network of women in STEM. Irene is a recipient of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship and is a junior studying computer science at Michigan State University. Irene hopes to return home and help other women in Engineering and STEM careers.