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Angelique Uwabera, Policy Fellow

National Leadership Program, Spring 2019

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Angelique Uwabera

Angelique Uwabera is a Policy Fellow at RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Spring 2019. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Uwaberais a senior in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, D.C. With a major in International Relations, Uwabera is interested in exploring the inclusivity of people with disabilities in countries with limited resources.

When she was in high school, Uwabera’s family moved to Gisenyi, a suburb in the Western province of Rwanda, where they became neighbors with the Ubumwe Community Center. From the exposure of seeing students with physical and intellectual disabilities go to school every day, Uwabera was inspired by their unmatched courage. The center serves students and other people with disabilities and sparked Uwabera’s interest in advocating for underserved vulnerable populations, especially in Rwanda. At RespectAbility, Uwabera will participate in workshops and conferences, research press release topics and write op-eds. She looks forward to working closely with the Public Policy Department to explore new ways of addressing employment challenges faced by people with disabilities in the United States.

Before joining RespectAbility, Uwabera worked at American University’s Office of International Students and Scholar Service (ISSS) for two years. She left the office for a Study Abroad program at SOAS, London where she focused on African and Transnational Migration studies. Outside of classes, Uwabera has attended conferences and forums in India, Japan and Egypt. Uwabera currently is working with the University’s Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Assistant for International Accelerator and Washington Mentorship Program students.

In her free time, Uwabera likes to talk with her family and catch up with friends. She also likes to listen to music or motivational speeches while getting ready in the morning or arranging her room.

Uwabera wrote 14 pieces during the 2019 Spring Fellowship. Read them on the RespectAbility Report:

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