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. Ibrahim will speak at noon on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. She will also 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, obstacles and barriers Somali people face in America. Ibrahim will highlight new refugee community’s contributions to the development and growth of Minnesota’s economy. She will also pinpoint her work in the community, how she creates a cohort of low-income students and how she empowers youth. She will conclude 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. Ibrahim specializes in international peace studies, conflict resolution, political analysis and political change. She holds 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 in Minnesota.
Ibrahim is also the founder and president of Filsan Consultant. Filsan 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, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.