Mufaro Chitakure ’22
San Antonio, TX
Mufaro Chitakure is not afraid of a challenge. It’s why the Honors College and Top Scholar student chose actuarial science as his major, and it’s what inspired him to join several organizations on campus that address important issues for students of color. Through his impressive service, he hopes to provide future Roadrunners with more opportunities, better resources, and bolder futures.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chitakure immigrated to San Antonio with his family as a child. Chitakure was initially drawn to the Top Scholar program because of the last-dollar scholarship it provides. When he attended Top Scholar orientation events on campus and met the talented and passionate community of Roadrunners, his interest in attending UTSA deepened.
“I knew that as a freshman, being surrounded by upper classmen who are doing all these great things would just kind of inspire me to want to do more,” said Chitakure. “Through the program and through my peers, I’ve managed to solidify what I care about and what I’m involved in.”
Chitakure became a member of the President’s Student Advisory Council, an elite group of undergraduate thought leaders who provide the university president with diverse insights into the student experience at UTSA. He used this opportunity to advocate for the concerns of students of color.
Reflecting on how close he was able to work with President Taylor Eighmy during his time on the President’s Student Advisory Council and how his concerns were not only heard but acted upon, Chitakure realized that his efforts to make the university a more welcoming, inclusive, and safe space for students will make UTSA a better place for all future Roadrunners.
“Seeing that UTSA is not stuck in its ways, that there’s room for listening and reacting and being proactive about what students want… I think that’s what makes me really proud about being a Roadrunner,” he said. “I feel like I can be a part of that forward movement, and once I become an alumni, I can look back and be proud of what the university has added for future generations.”
Through opportunities provided by the Honors College, Chitakure was able to feel confident in his choice of major and position himself as a competitive candidate after graduation.
“Thanks to my involvement in the Honors College, I was able to meet actuaries that helped me learn more about the career and that has further solidified my decision to major in actuarial science,” he said. “This is a major that offers challenging analytical work with practical applications for complex calculus and statistics skills.”
This past summer, Chitakure interned with USAA as an Actuarial Analyst Intern. Upon his graduation in May 2022, Chitakure will begin a full-time position at USAA as an Actuarial Analyst III.