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Humans of the U: Arnold Gatoro

Gatoro came to Utah as a child from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Last year I was president of the Black Student Union. I got to see firsthand how campus works and learn about how we can improve our community. I want to help create a more diverse school at the U so we can all open our eyes just a little wider. That’s why this year I’m helping launch a chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and serving as its vice president. There aren’t that many black students in math and science, and this organization helps us with internships, networking, and job opportunities. My goal is to increase the retention of black students and create a better sense of community here at the U.

I get involved because I like to solve problems. I always have. I attended a math and science charter school as a kid, and I loved learning how things work. It’s why I chose a STEM major. It’s hard work. Take organic chemistry, for example. It was difficult, but I loved that class. I learned more about life than I ever thought possible.

When I was 6, my family came to Utah as refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was a lot for a young kid to take in, so much for me to learn. And I think I developed a passion for learning, for new challenges, and that’s part of what drives my curiosity. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do after I graduate, but the things I’ve learned at the U about how the world works will help me find my way.”