A belated welcome to Benilde Mizero, who is working this semester as the language consultant for LING 415/610, Linguistic Field Methods. This semester, the class is studying Kirundi, a Bantu language of Burundi. Benilde is in the Linguistics Department many days meeting with students for elicitation sessions in the Fieldwork Lab. If you see him around, you can say kaze! [kaa.dze] ‘welcome!’ or urakomeye? [u.ɾa.kʰo.me.je] ‘how are you?’.

My name is Benilde Mizero, I was born in 1993 in Burundi, where I completed my primary and secondary school before moving to Burkina Faso for postsecondary studies. About a year after, I immigrated to Canada as an international student. In January 2014, I attended Saint Boniface University (Winnipeg, MB) where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a joint major in Biochemistry and Microbiology in 2018. After that, I attended the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB) where I completed my master’s in chemistry in December 2020. Ten months after, I enrolled in the PhD program in environmental chemistry at McGill university. Apart from my obvious passion for chemistry and sciences in general, I really enjoy watching and playing sports (particularly boxing) as well as meeting and connecting with new people from all over the world.