Nana Aluma

Nana hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo and immigrated to the United States five years ago. She is an accounting major at Canisius College and plans to graduate in 2021.

Nana successfully completed an associate’s degree in business administration from Erie Community College and enrolled at Canisius last fall. Immediately, Nana became very involved in the student life on campus and was recently elected president of the Transfer Student Association at Canisius.

In her spare time, Nana spends a great deal of time volunteering with the Buffalo Peace House shelter, Jewish Family Services and Vive la Casa. Nana is multilingual and uses her talents to assist refugees and immigrants overcome language barriers by providing interpretation services in French, Portuguese, Swahili and Lingala.

Following graduation, Nana plans to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and open an accounting agency to help refugees, immigrants and people with low incomes. She plans to continue her volunteer work and hopes to provide an example and serve as an inspiration to other immigrants to pursue their dreams and seize opportunities available in the US.