One America Voices: Wilita Sanguma

The One America Movement is excited to launch a new initiative called One America Voices. Twice a week, we will publish short interviews with Americans from all walks of life. By hearing each other’s stories, we can begin to reduce the divisiveness and polarization in our society. Enjoy – share with your networks and on social media using the hashtag: #1AmericaVoices

Wilita Sanguma

San Francisco, CA

Assistant Director of University Ministry: University of San Francisco

1. You’re the assistant director of University Ministry at the University of San Francisco. Tell us about your job.

A: As the Assistant Director for Justice and Outreach for University Ministry, I oversee the social justice program. In accordance with the mission of the University of San Francisco, University Ministry’s social justice program invites students to step outside of their familiar university lives, walk with people at the margins of society, and in doing so, open their minds and hearts to personal transformation. The Social Justice Program provides community based learning in the Jesuit tradition: insertion experience, social/critical analysis, reflection, and action. Through our programs, students have the opportunity to engage in advocacy, community engagement, and tutoring. My hope is to enable students to become socially responsible (critical thinking) citizens that are inspired to make this world a more humane, just, and equitable place for all.

2. How’s life as a new Dad?

A: I love being a new dad. Children are my passion and I am blessed to have a daughter, Lola, and another girl on the way. Life as a dad can be challenging with the sleepless nights and constant movement. But I would not change it for the world. I see God through her face, smile, and action each and every day. She, to me, is a constant reminder of what love is, not just the meaning but the embodiment of love. As a dad I have all these hopes and dreams for my two daughters but also understand the reality that we live in, especially for women of color. I just pray that they will have the opportunity to live out their full potential, whatever that might be, and grow up to be loving and caring individuals.

3. Your family is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). What is something you’d want your fellow Americans to know about the DRC?

A: The Congo, a beautiful and resource rich nation, has a special place in my heart. It breaks my heart to see innocent people suffer. I speak as a victim and survivor of the inhumane violence that has plagued the nation since the 1800s. From personal rule and enslavement, to colonialism, dictatorship, war, and back to dictatorship; there is not a single person alive in the Congo that has not experienced some type of structural violence. Despite the hardship and injustice, people are resilient and loving. They inspire me to be a better person every day. The Congolese people are hard working, innovative/creative, and welcoming people that never lose sight of hope.

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