Joel Baraka

Position title: UW–Madison Class of 2022, Co-founder & CEO of My Home Stars

Headshot of Joel Baraka, UW–Madison Class of 2022

Introduced by Kevin Jacobson, Associated Students of Madison (ASM) Chair

Joel Baraka graduated from UW–Madison in 2022 with a degree in civil engineering. Before arriving on campus as a King Morgridge Scholar, Baraka grew up in Kyangwali refugee camp in western Uganda. Amidst his engineering courses and involvement on campus, he worked with a fellow Badger to build their non-profit My Home Stars, which focuses on improving education access for refugee children through the use of educational games. In addition to this work, Baraka currently serves as a project engineer with CG Schmidt, a Wisconsin construction company.