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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
February 16, 2004
Volume 39, Number 12

Ugandan student bridges gap with homeland

After arriving at UNM, Kwame Rugunda helped to organize the student A.F.R.I.C.A group (Africa’s Friends Reaching the International Community for Africa). Rugunda is a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering and is also taking pre-med courses. Rugunda grew up in Uganda, Africa, and fled that country with his family.

Rugunda was one of the organizers of AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7 at the UNM SUB. He feels that the people who have the ability to change the problems in Africa are the African students enrolled in the U.S.

He says the purpose of A.F.R.I.C.A. is to portray Africa to others in a positive way.

“People want to help, but don’t know how,” he said. “We’d like to bridge the gap.” The group meets regularly to hear speakers
and watch films.