2018 Student Speaker | Ricardo Etienne

Ricardo Etienne, a native of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in management with a minor in accounting.

A transfer student from Kirkwood Community College, Ricardo continued notable success at Mount Mercy. He represented the University at the 2017 National Conference on Student Leadership; was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 2017 Bill Clinton International Global Leadership Conference; is an active member of Mount Mercy’s National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, Sigma Pi; and is a member of the International and Spanish clubs. Ricardo is also a student athlete on the soccer and track and field teams.

Outside of Mount Mercy, Ricardo’s passion to better the world can be seen in his two not-for-profit organizations. He is co-founder and CEO of Volition & Action for Haiti, a nonprofit that teaches spiritual growth, encourages educational experience, and promotes social, economic, and cultural development to Haiti’s children and young adults. He also founded a local food system nonprofit to educate farmers about economically sustainable agricultural resources.

Ricardo Etienne