Ethiopian Grad Headlines International Week at Riverstone


This month, the Riverstone International School seeks to continue its celebration of diversity as during International Education Week. Riverstone International School alumna and former Ethiopian refugee Yordanos Refu will deliver the keynote address for the event on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Refu came to Boise back in 2001 after spending several years in Djibouti as a political refugee. Arriving in Idaho with no formal education, Refu now holds three International Baccalaureate certificates in English, French, and History of the Americas. She graduated from Riverstone in 2007 and is now in her junior year at the College of Idaho, studying International Political Economy-Business with a minor in Spanish and Education. During the event, Refu will discuss her experiences as a child living in political turmoil and her eventual transition to life in Boise.

This is not Refu’s first time speaking publicly on her story, as she recently traveled to Upper Arlington, Ohio to speak on behalf of the Ohio Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools. Since its founding, Riverstone has expanded greatly each year, prompting a move to southeast Boise in order to accommodate the growing student population. Originally only going through the eighth grade, the school now offers K-12, and was the first in Idaho to offer the IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma. The school provides a rigorous, international curriculum, as many of the students are from countries such as Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Korea, Vietnam and more.

International Education Week will feature creative performances put on by Riverstone International School and their co-sponsor, the College of Idaho’s international program. The performances will represent the student’s countries, as well as signifying the diversity found at Riverstone and its neighboring communities.

Tuesday, November 17, 2p.m. — 3:30p.m., FREE, Riverstone International School’s Warm Springs Campus Kennedy Gymnasium, 5493 Warm Springs Ave, 208-424-5000,