1. How were you involved with BOSCO prior to joining the board?
I first worked with BOSCO through the International Summer Service Learning (ISSLP) program at Notre Dame, in the summer of 2015. That summer, I taught computer literacy classes, helped out with infrastructure/maintenance, and ate a lot of mangoes. I returned to Uganda the subsequent summer (2016) on a Notre Dame research grant to do impact assessment research, which I presented at the Human Development Conference.
2. Where do you live now? What kind of work are you doing now (outside of BOSCO)?
I currently live in Chicago, IL, and am a Technical Lead at a data science company called Civis Analytics. We build software and solutions to help organizations leverage data science and machine learning.
3. What most excites you about joining the Board?
I am incredibly excited to join the board, first and foremost to continue to stay involved with BOSCO’s work and mission. Additionally, I’m excited about BOSCO’s forays into renewable energy and entrepreneurship, and finally, I’m hopeful that I may be able to bring my background in data and technology to help BOSCO continue to grow and tackle new challenges.
4. Is there a quick story or anecdote that summarizes the BOSCO impact that comes to mind? If so, let us know!
The majority of my time that first summer in Uganda was spent in “The Library”, the BOSCO center in downtown Gulu. My site partner and I taught computer literacy classes to the local community members (mostly microsoft office and basic internet usage), and also just spent a lot of time hanging out and making friends with the students there.
So, returning to The Library that second summer was unsurprisingly a fun reuniting event with old friends, but what I remember most was the excitement. How excited they were to show me all they had learned in the year I was gone, and quite frankly how excited I was to see how much they had learned. They were leveraging technology and the Internet to assist with their schoolwork, to start small entrepreneurial projects, and some had even begun to teach themselves how to code!