Northern Iowa Student Government

UNI I Am A Hero - Zulfeta Rizvic

By: Spencer Walrath on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 19:41

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Zulfeta Rizvic!

"I nominate my mom, Zulfeta Rizvic, to be recognized as a UNI Hero. She has recently graduated with a BA from UNI's teacher education program and is currently working toward her Master's.

I am very proud of what she has accomplished because I have seen her fight through many struggles to get an education. When we first moved to the United States from Bosnia, we spoke no English and had very little resources, as did many other Bosnians who immigrated here in the 90's. Zulfeta has worked hard to overcome the language barrier as well as the fact that she is a non-traditional student.

Teaching has always been her passion; she graduated from a four-year college in Bosnia and taught for many years before coming to the US so even when she faced this hardship, Zulfeta kept going. She is an inspiration to other teacher education students, and to other Bosnians in the community.

In addition to her own education, Zulfeta has spent the last decade teaching young Bosnians about their culture through a non-profit dance group that she formed called KUD "Kolo". Kolo has performed at hundreds of events across the world representing our community, including our own Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The group's members include graduates of UNI, as well as current and prospective students.

Zulfeta has also served on the Human Rights Commission and received a Cedar Valley Mayor's Volunteer Award in 2004 for her volunteer work. She is also a member of the Bosnian Cultural Foundation, an organization which she helped to establish.

Zulfeta is making a positive difference for our school and community by placing an importance on education, as well as diversity and culture. With UNI being such a diverse and vibrant campus, consisting of students from many different cultures, I believe that Zulfeta is the perfect nominee for a UNI Hero." - Azra Rizvic

Congratulations, Zulfeta, on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Simply go to the UNI I Am A Hero page located on the left side of our site ( and fill out the form.

Go Panthers!