‘I want single moms to be visible’: how Catherine Kyakuhaire is giving back to her community
Catherine Kyakuhaire (BA 2023, WDW) is passionate about helping people from equity-deserving groups find their way forward. The recent U of T graduate, single mother and newcomer to Canada has seen first-hand that the right kind of help can make all the difference.
While at U of T, she received several scholarships and donor-funded awards during her undergrad. She also found a sense of community: a critical resource that helped alleviate the unique challenges of being a single mother at university.
Now, she’s paying it forward by focusing her graduate research on better policies and support systems to enhance the lives of single mothers. “I want single moms to be visible. I want my research to provide visibility and affirm that they matter. We need good jobs, education and housing. We need—like all people—an opportunity.”
Kyakuhaire began at U of T in the Transitional Year Programme (TYP), which is designed for adults who couldn’t finish high school due to circumstances beyond their control. Through the TYP, Kyakuhaire received academic guidance, counselling services, funding assistance, and a dedicated workspace. “I’ve been so privileged in many ways that I never imagined. I had a good support system of friends. We studied together for the TYP, and that had such a huge impact on my success,” she says.