How did UCBC impact your personal life?
Steve: Before I came to UCBC, I took my spiritual life lightly. It was not a priority. The cohesion, the consideration, and above all the harmony, that existed between students and staff really stimulated my desire and determination to consider the way my faith inspires me to look towards the example of Jesus as a teacher. The example of servant leadership encouraged by Dr. David Kasali and Dr. Honoré Bunduki forged an identity and an example to follow even though difficult to imitate. But, our peer and mentoring groups helped me to open up to, and listen to others; a quality that I did not have beforehand.
Lastly, a motto we learned at UCBC, “Start Small, Start Where You Are, and Start Now,” has really revolutionized my life. It’s all about will, determination, and action. Combined with the unique triadic training [academics, work, and service], I have been inspired and carry this philosophy wherever I go.
What did you learn during your time as a student, and how has this continued to help even today?
Steve: During 4 years of training at UCBC, I learned 4 important principles:
- A leader is first an example to others, to those she or he leads. He or she must exhibit good qualities and be flexible and patient amidst mistakes.
- The importance and strength of the community.
- We can do great things if we want it. It all depends on your vision and your determination to reach it.
- We will never be quiet. Always start change where you are!
UCBC just celebrated its 10 year anniversary. What does this accomplishment mean and signify for UCBC?
Steve: From vision to change…10 years of existence of UCBC means that change in DRC is possible. If a vision in the forest of KIPRIANI [the quarter where UCBC is located] can rise a vision of change, therefore DRC can already have hope for a transformation.
Where do you see UCBC in 10 years?
Steve: In 10 years I see UCBC as a base for transformation and change in Congo.