Faces of 2014 Graduates: Helping Others in Her Shoes

When Rozana Beluts immigrated to the United States from Eritrea, a small African country that borders Ethiopia, when she was only 10 years old. Her father had been separated from her and her family for six years while he prepared a new life for them in Colorado.

The experience influenced her decision during college to volunteer with the Global Refugee Center. There, she helped other African newcomers adjust to life in Greeley by teaching them English and helping with translation, along with assisting with the annual health fair.

"When I first came to college, I noticed that there were few Africans," Beluts said. "The few that were here needed a welcome place on campus to share their culture. Remembering my own emigration experience, I decided to create the African Culture Club."

As founder of the African Culture Club, Beluts helped organized campus events, including the Global Culture Festival, where UNC students could sample cuisine and arts from throughout the world. "I want others to share in my culture and know more about it."

Beluts received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice and psychology. She plans to pursue a law degree within the next year.