Progress

Prof. Cawo Abdi: Support for refugee and immigrant populations

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Across the world, refugees are seeking a true sense of belonging. This is especially true in our country, post 9/11, where Islamic refugees are often stereotyped as terrorists—despite the fact that 90 percent of terrorist acts committed in the United States do not involve Muslims. Dr. Cawo Abdi is dedicated to educating a wider audience about refugee and immigrant populations and the challenges they face. Locally, her work includes supporting the Somali community in Minneapolis, and exploring how charter schools affect education for groups such as the Hmong. “I was a refugee when I migrated to Canada from Somalia,” she says. “I can relate to their experiences.” Read the story.

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