Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiston is a leader, advocate, and very involved in the refugee community in Utah. He is passionate about helping others thrive and especially drawn to youth who have had to face challenges in life.
He founded Umoja Generation based on his personal education experience as a refugee himself he saw a big need and struggle of refugee students who have language barriers and not enough resources for them. He decided to do something about it.
Fiston graduated from the University of Utah with an International Studies degree, has received social work and IT certifications, and speaks seven different languages. He was featured on UNHCR, 2 KUTV, Forbes, KSL, CBS, and recognized and awarded by Youthlinc and the University of Utah as a young humanitarian award winner in 2020 and a young leader by the United Nations in 2021. He is currently involved in peace talks and advocating for peace and justice of the victim of genocide in the Eastern Republic Democratic of Congo.
School District Outreach
Kim attended freshman year of college at Brigham Young University, after which I left for a mission. He graduated from BYU in 1975 with a degree in Elementary Education. He then served as a Title I Coordinator and later a teacher with the San Juan School District from 1975 until 1980, serving Navajo students in Mexican Hat and Bluff, Utah. He earned my Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Brigham Young University. He served as an Elementary Principal for the Provo School District from 1987-1996, in both the Edgemont and Maeser Elementary Schools. In 1996 He earned a Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Utah.