Mariam Rashid

I grew up near Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. I received my BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Nairobi and my M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I started my career as a teacher and later transitioned into textbook writing for Kenyan public schools and curriculum development for Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya. I taught undergraduate college level courses at Western Washington University in addition to working with first generation, undocumented, and underserved community college students in Bellingham, WA.


My doctoral research centers on refugee and migration studies where I explore the benefits of refugee integration and inclusion within local communities. I am working on a research project examining the issues facing African refugee women during the process of resettlement in Massachusetts. This study examines the gendered and racialized factors and conditions that impact the integration and inclusion of African refugee women; the perspectives and voices of African refugee women about their support and network systems; how they navigate work, education, and training during the resettlement process; and the barriers they experience during integration.


I am hoping to contribute to the academy through teaching, and research.


Since arriving on campus Mariam has been an active participant in the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), an organization that represents and advocates on behalf of graduate students with the other university governance bodies, administration, committees and councils, and board of trustees. She initially held the position of Graduate Coordinator of Equity and Diversity and in the Spring of 2020 she was elected Vice-President of GSS.




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