Oscaline Usanase


Integrated Science, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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2020 Community: Wahoo

Focus: Civic Engagement, Communications

The students will work to identify and develop a comprehensive communications plan that focuses on city, healthcare and civic outreach and engagement. Students will identify and engage diverse emerging leaders in civic and healthcare related efforts. In addition, students will assist with final prep and execution of the 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration that will be held June 26-28 in Wahoo. Assistance with community engagement efforts will be pursued by creating surveys, conducting focus groups, etc.

Peers: Savannah Gerlach, Amanda Most
Innovators: Theresa KleinMelissa Harrell

Sponsored By: Wahoo Chamber and Economic Development, Saunders Medical Center, City of Wahoo

Why did you choose the Fellowship Program?

Nebraska being like my second home, I chose to be part of this experience because I want to give back to the community. I come from a small town in Rwanda, and I would love to use my skills in contributing to the greater cause in the rural communities of Nebraska.

What do you hope to gain?

I hope to have gained work experience that I will take with me in the next steps of my life.

Why is it important that students develop inclusive leadership development?

I think it is very important for students to have this experience in terms of inclusive leadership development because we are all different in some kind of way. We have different nationalities, beliefs, gender orientations, and more, and since we will be working with people who are different from us, I think it is good to know how to be inclusive despite our differences.

Why should students work in rural communities?

I believe it is important because this is a chance for students to serve, and give back to the rural community.

Why is it important students give back to Nebraska?

Nebraska is among the leading states in beef and corn production, and I think it is important for students to be part of advancement of Nebraska in different aspects by using their knowledge and skills.

What new opportunities exist today to help move rural communities forward? What are your ideas?

Now is the important time because there is imbalance in rural and urban population because so many people have moved to urban areas, and I am looking forward to be part of a project that will help in the development of the rural communities.