Mutsa Chiromo '19
Giving back is a way of life for student from Zimbabwe
Mutsa Chiromo '19 felt there was a story waiting to be told by Whitworth's African students. So in 2016, she started Shades of Africa, a female a cappella choir on campus.
"Our aim is to share the gospel through our cultural music to an audience that is not very familiar with our languages and genres of music," says Chiromo, a biochemistry major from Zimbabwe.
The choir also provides a way for Chiromo to give back. "I have used this opportunity to start raising money for organizations in Africa," she says. "We have managed to raise money for a group of missionaries in Ethiopia to purchase books to further their education, and we have also fundraised for a school in Zimbabwe."
Founding Shades of Africa and fundraising are just two of the many examples of Chiromo's leadership and service at Whitworth. She coaches students who need academic assistance at the Student Success Center, and she promotes health as a peer educator on the Health Education Action Team (HEAT). Last year, she served as president of the International Club.
This year she is volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission clinic, serving those who are homeless in Spokane while gaining experience for medical school. "This experience has been very meaningful because it has shown me a different side of life in the USA," Chiromo says. "Spending Saturday mornings with men experiencing homelessness has helped me to see them as individuals. I am glad that there is something that I can do to make this community feel more appreciated."