Magazine article Islamic Horizons

A Refugee Arises

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

A Refugee Arises

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THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECUrity selected Ilhan Dahir, a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Fellow, to represent the U.S. at an international meeting in Belgium on violent extremism, reported Michael Daly of The Daily Beast on Nov. 30,2106. Proclaimed a "Champion of Change" by the White House for her commitment to empowering refugee communities around the world and her potential as a leader and advocate for refugees and communities in turmoil, she is the daughter of Somali refugees who settled in Hilliard, Ohio.

Her senior thesis at Ohio State was on the threat posed by foreign fighters in ISIS. She taught English in Izmir, Turkey, while serving as a Fulbright Fellow. She also spent a summer teaching English at Mogadishu's Iman School for Girls.

As a Rhodes Scholar, she is studying toward two master's degrees - one in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and the other in Global Governance and Diplomacy. …

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