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Hudda Ibrahim to speak at CLC's Cultural Thursday program

Hudda Ibrahim

The Central Lakes College Cultural Thursday series will host Somali refugee and immigrant Hudda Ibrahim, who will address the topic of Somali settlement in central Minnesota at noon Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. She will be available for a book signing after the presentation.

Ibrahim will discuss Somali culture, immigration stories, how Somali refugees/immigrants are adapting to their new home in Minnesota, whether or not they are assimilating or integrating, and obstacles and barriers Somali people face in America. She will highlight new refugee community's contributions to the development and growth of Minnesota's economy and pinpoint her work in the community, how she creates a cohort of low-income students and how she empowers youth. She will conclude with her current work that aims to build bridges between cultures.

Ibrahim is a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where she teaches diversity and social justice. She specializes in international peace studies, conflict resolution, political analysis and political change. She has a master's degree in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor's degree in peace and conflict studies and English literature from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

Ibrahim is also the founder and president of Filsan Consultant, which works with local businesses and related entities to provide three revenue-generating services: consulting, speaking engagements and training for the employer. In recognition of her leadership, Ibrahim has received numerous awards.

For more information on CLC Cultural Thursdays, call Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.