Originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa, Bouampoundi has always done her best to care for herself and thrive academically. Despite her concerns about her English accent due to her French heritage, she was able to obtain assistance from friends who assisted her with the registration process at Hostos Community College to pursue an associate’s degree in business management. She has proudly joined the Student Leadership Academy, served as Vice President of Student Affairs, and been elected as a delegate to the CUNY University Student Senate while attending Hostos. In addition, she made history for her nation by being selected to participate in a 14-month peacekeeping operation of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in 2010. This peacekeeping mission allowed her to learn about the struggles of women and children living in a military-conflict nation. Currently, Bouampoundi is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in community change at City College of New York.


“As a non-traditional student, my career goal is to graduate and pursue a fulfilling career in an international development field that empowers women worldwide.” – Bouampoundi Brigitte Thiombiano