Building Momentum speaker series is a networking event and speaker series for immigrants and friends of immigrants, hosted by Vitendo4Africa. V4A hopes to build momentum for a better future by providing an opportunity for you to meet new people and hear community and youth immigrant leaders share their successes, failures, and lessons learned.
Personal stories helps us know more about who we are, other people, their culture and to remind us about many similarities we share with other communities.
SPEAKER 1: Cyril D. Loum
Cyril D. Loum serves as the Executive Director of Caring Ministries, Inc., which serves low-income families, immigrants, and refugees in becoming self-sufficient and finding sustainable housing in St. Louis. He also teaches at St. Louis University as an Adjunct Professor. Loum immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. He has earned degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also holds a master’s degree in Legal Studies. In his free time, he serves the most recent refugees/immigrants in connecting them with the necessary resources to become a vital aspect of St. Louis. At the same time, he enjoys walking alongside young immigrant men in developing their skills to become successful in today’s society.
SPEAKER 2. LUCY INGAIZA
Lucy Ingaiza was born and raised in Kenya. She is a local of Austin, Texas, and now in St. Louis, Missouri. She first moved to the US with her parents when she was 14 years old.
Lucy has maintained her identity and continues to be shaped by her culture, varied interests, and the people she continues to interact with.
Lucy is a great leader, multilingual, and passionate culturalist. She is a recent graduate of Washington University with a master’s degree in public health focused on global health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. She also worked as Research Assistant at Washington University in St. Louis.
Her interests are in research, infectious diseases, gender empowerment, and child and maternal health in humanitarian settings. Lucy has lived and worked in the US and Germany and she hopes to continue working globally.