Maureen Kalimba Isimbi
Class of 2020
Maureen Kalimba Isimbi, from Kigali, Rwanda, is a senior at Tufts University, majoring in engineering psychology with a minor in engineering management. Her dream is to become a role model and an inspiration to women in Rwanda and help grow the number of women in STEM fields. In 2019, she received the Tufts Presidential Award for Civic Life, an award given to those with outstanding service and civic leadership achievements. Currently, she is interning as a student analyst in the office of the Executive Vice President of Tufts University and is a residential house manager on campus. In 2018, she was the International Community Senator in the Tufts Student Government and the treasurer of Tufts National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Maureen was awarded the 2017 Montle Prize to build an app that will connect Rwandan primary students in need of tuition assistance with potential donors. The Clinton Global Initiative has also awarded Maureen a grant to pioneer a project to fight female genital mutilation in Nigeria. In 2017, she worked with WorldWideWomen to build a database of women’s organizations around the world.
Before she joined SHE-CAN and came to the U.S., Maureen graduated first in her class from Riviera High School and received a perfect score on the Rwanda National Exam. Outside the classroom, she was President of the Never Again Club, whose purpose was to fight against genocide ideologies. Maureen led the development and execution of a project, "My Water, My Health," to build a borehole in her village’s well to ensure that the well would no longer spread waterborne diseases.