Get to Know Rolande Ayinkamiye

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We asked Rolande Ayinkamiye a few questions about herself and her role at ICH. Read on to learn more!

  1. How would you describe your role at ICH?
 Rolande Ayinkamiye, MA

At ICH, I’m a Research Associate. I’m in charge of carrying out the day-to-day tasks of evaluation, research, and planning and assessment projects, as well as collecting, analyzing, and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data. I schedule and compile resources for project and community partner meetings, as well as take minutes. I also contribute to the formulation of project strategy, logic models, and evaluation plans. Participate in the analysis and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative data, including the creation of charts and graphs.

2. What is your educational background?

In 2019, I received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maine, and in 2022, I received a Master of Science in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. 

3. What was your career path before coming to ICH?

 After graduating from the University of Maine in 2019, I worked as a Short-Term Disability Specialist for an insurance company. 

4. What made you decide to come to ICH?

I’ve always wanted to be involved in project assessment, but most importantly, I’m passionate about advancing health equity for immigrants, so when I learned that the Leah Zallman Center conducts research to enhance immigrant health and well-being, I knew I had to apply.  

5. What are some projects that you are working on right now?

I’m working on a range of projects including immigrant and refugee career pathway models, family services, Justice health reform, and community engagement. 

6. What are your favorite projects topics and why?

 I’m particularly interested in projects that examine racial and health inequalities and immigrant health disparities. I appreciate knowing about what the state or organizations are doing to help new immigrants and what may be done to reduce health inequalities among immigrants. 

7. What are you most excited about for the future of ICH?

  I’m excited for ICH to work on new project topics. 

8. What are your hobbies or things you like to do for fun?

I enjoy reading, photographing people and places, and trying new restaurants. 

9. Do you have any plans for this winter? Anything that you are looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to reading new books.