From Refugee to Political Activist

Bernard Londoni
Bernard Londoni

Name: Bernard R. Londoni
School: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida
Rank: Sophomore

In 2001, Bernard came to Harare, Zimbabwe with his family in order to escape the war in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He hasn’t looked back since.

Candidly, Bernard recounts how it felt to leave his home country at such a young age, saying, “Given the economic hardship I was going through as a refugee, it was impossible to achieve my dreams under these circumstances, but coming to study in the US, resurrected my hope and my dreams.”

Bernard received a United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees scholarship which allowed him to earn an advanced Diploma in Computer Science from Pro-Theta College in Harare. He then started the application process to study in the U.S., while also interning in the American Embassy Public Affairs Section Education Advising Center.

In describing his experience at Lynn, Bernard says, “I had quite a great experience at Lynn; being in an environment where diversity was at heart of the institution, I quickly realized that the opportunity to diversify was of paramount importance. In a very individualized, innovative and international campus, I had the privilege to expand my horizons.”

As a United States Achievers Program (USAP) member, Bernard was able to research schools in the United States, finally deciding on Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He received a prestigious scholarship from Lynn and went on to complete a degree in International Relations and Affairs. While at Lynn Bernard was very active in the student body, becoming student body president and president of the International Affairs Society. In February 2007, Bernard was appointed the South-East Region Representative for Africa Action Student Network, and has served as the Regional Director for Americans for Informed Democracy.

Bernard has since graduated from Lynn, and is now attending George Mason University where he will work on a PhD in Peace and Conflict Study. As for his future, Bernard plans to put his degree to good use:

“After completion of my PhD degree, I intend to embark on a long road which probably will not have an end but will be well defined. I will devote my time to become a public servant. There is failed leadership in the DRC and in most Sub-Saharan countries. I am convinced that the destiny of our continent is in our hands.”