Abrar Omeish-2016 Recipient

Abrar Omeish 150x150Major: Political Science and Modern Middle Eastern Studies
Degree: B.S
School: Yale University
Sponsor: Fikry and Dorria Fahmy Scholarship
Abrar Omeish (Fairfax, VA) is a junior/senior at Yale University studying political science and modern middle eastern studies with a focus on issues of national security and social justice. She has recently returned from an investigative trip to Turkey where she researched the dehumanization/humanization of Syrian refugees and wrote a piece offering a new definition placing this topic in political science and evaluating it with respect to the Turkish-Syrian experience. Before that, Abrar spent a semester in Jordan where she studied Islamic Sciences and worked with Syrian and Palestinian refugees there. Abrar is currently an intern at the DC Office of the Attorney General and is completing her term as the Director of Yale in DC. She has been involved with the Muslim community and with various political and activist groups on campus. At home, Abrar has worked in Congress (for two Congress members), the State Department (Virtual Foreign Service), and on projects with the White House. She has most recently been asked to serve in the White House National Economic Council, the Department of State White House Liaison’s Office, and in various domestic and international intelligence units. Abrar spends her free time supporting the youth-led, youth-run 501c3 non-profit organization she co-founded (GIVE) in high school to provide youth, especially those who are underprivileged, with opportunities to excel in education and in leadership. She is also involved with Girl Scouts through which she worked on the Blue Ribbon Commission for Healthy Media for Youth. For her Gold Award, Abrar worked to amend youth-related policies in her county in a two-year campaign that she led. In the past, Abrar has held various capacities in county bodies, most notably having serviced as the President of the FCPS Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Chairwoman of the Fairfax County Government Student Human Rights Commission, and as one from over 185,000 students on the committee to select the now-Superintendent. She was also part of the Interfaith Youth Action Group that worked to enact United Nations Millennium Development Goals under the Tony Blair Foundation. Abrar has been featured in various media outlets like TIME for Kids, The Washington Post, and The Associated Press: Big Story; is the recipient of various awards like the Virginia Peace Award, the Byrd Leadership Award, and the President’s Award in honor of Ethel Harvey; and has spoken in numerous venues including Congress and the National Cathedral. She can be reached at 703-587-7104 or abrar.omeish@yale.eduOh Allah, do not call me to account for what they say and forgive me for what they do not know and make me better than they imagine (Al-Bukhari).

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