After completing the Critical Language Scholarship in Morocco in 2010, I traveled to Damascus, Syria and Amman, Jordan to conclude research on the situation of displaced Iraqis through the Brueggeman Fellowship. While in Syria, I lived in a small suburb of Damascus with Iraqi refugees and carried out interviews with the UNHCR, the primary agency of the United Nations responsible for responding to refugee and stateless populations and the IOM (International Organization of Migration). After returning from Syria, I continued my study of Arabic and work with refugee populations through the International Rescue Committee. As the program coordinator of a Vocational English Plus Program and Youth Ambassador Program, I helped Iraqi refugees acquire the skills necessary for US employment and developed youth programming with a focus on peace education. I often used Arabic to create a welcoming learning space for students.
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I was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Morocco for an English Teaching Assistantship. I will be living in Morocco and teaching at a university during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Outside of my professional work, I’m a community activist in issues related to food justice, urban farming and healthy, non-violent communication. I am interested in the recovery process for post-conflict populations and currently study alternative medicine and holistic health. Please contact me if you have questions related to my line of work or are interested in starting a dialogue on any of the topics mentioned above! My email address is email@example.com.