Clementine Msengi

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Clementine Msengi

2003 Global Fellow
Founder of Bright Move Network

Clementine Msengi 2003 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Enable immigrants and refugees to smoothly adjust to American culture through culturally appropriate education and referral services.


Bright Move Network is a community organization located in and serving the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area in Iowa. Over the last ten years, Iowa has been experiencing ethnic and cultural diversification, with refugees and immigrants among the fastest growing groups. Waterloo/Cedar Falls is one Iowa community that has been hosting a number of refugees and immigrants.

Bright Move Network was started to help those refugees and immigrants adjust to American culture, and transition to be part of, and contribute to the well-being of the community. Bright Move Network operates with a mission of providing culturally appropriate education and referral services to prevent negative cultural shock of refugees and immigrants in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa. Additionally, Bright Move Network promotes tolerance and inclusion of immigrants in the community.


Clementine M. Msengi completed her MS degree in Community Health at the University of Northern Iowa. She has experience working with many at-risk populations both domestically and internationally, and has participated in public health projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Clementine was awarded the New Voices Fellowship in 2001, and worked as the Director of Refugees and Immigrant Outreach at the University of Northern Iowa Global Health Corps. Clementine is now the Founder and Director of Bright Move Network, which provides culturally appropriate education and referral services to prevent negative cultural shock in refugees and immigrants to the Cedar Valley, Iowa area. Clementine is originally from Rwanda in East Africa.

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