Pacifique is a Christian name which means “peacemaker” and Pacifique is a Rwandan name which means “God is almighty.” I was born and grew up in Rwanda. I came to the United States in 2011 when I first met my wonderful parents, Mike and Jill Burke.

When I first came to the US, I went to Walsh Jesuit High School as a junior to learn English and prepare for college. After two years, I embarked on my undergraduate studies at Walsh University, where I earned my degree with two majors, International Relations and Professional Education. I am currently in a master’s program at Kent State University in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in internationalization. I enjoy getting involved in extracurricular and charitable activities. I have done this since I was in high school. I am presently an Assistant Hall Director at Kent State University. My purpose is to empower young people through Higher Education Administration.

Outside school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and reading books for pleasure. I am so thankful to be surrounded by wonderful people. That being said, the most wonderful gift a child can ever ask for is a family. I am blessed to have a mom and dad who comfort me with unconditional love and continue to invest in me to make me the person I am today. I am blessed to call the US and Rwanda both my homes. In addition, the most powerful instrument to change the world is love. I am grateful for Friends of Rwandan Education, who spread love around the world by investing in my home country.