MEET THE TEAM

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IKRAN ALI

Ikran enjoys working with Black and Muslim communities in various capacities. Ikran hopes to continue giving back to her community by guiding Somali youth to navigate post-secondary and beyond.

ZAKY HASSAN

Zaky is an aspiring community builder who is passionate about supporting Somali youth to thrive and succeed. Zaky hopes to use his experiences to create interactive programming and safe spaces for Somali students in Toronto.

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RAHIMA AHMED

Rahima has always had a passion for community work and has taken part in many initiatives to empower Black and  Muslim communities in Toronto. Rahima hopes to make learning more accessible to minority students.

OMER AINANSHE

Omer is an emerging standards professional with extensive experience in the non-profit sector. Omer has authored several successful project proposals, liaised with different stakeholder groups, and developed the capacity of racialized youth.

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AMAL ABSIYE

Amal is a researcher at the University of Toronto, studying Political Science and Economics. Amal currently works with several community organizations mentoring young Muslim women of colour. She hopes to continue to empower young women into actualizing their dreams and effecting generational change.

MOHAMED ADAM

Mohamed is a medical student at the University of Toronto. He is a community advocate and leader - hoping to inspire young Somalis to reach success in all facets of their lives. Outside of community work, he enjoys good tea, cycling, and playing basketball.

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SALMA SHEIKH-MOHAMED

Salma is a PhD student in the Immunology department at UofT. Salma believes in the importance of giving back to her community, as well as sharing any tips and tricks she has learned along the way with her fellow students. When not working in the lab, Salma enjoys writing, photography and looking for new podcasts.

ASMA MUSA

Asma is a recent University of Toronto graduate whose passion is to support the Somali community in Toronto while pursuing a career in the healthcare sector. Asma is striving to further her studies and hopes to contribute the skills she acquired throughout her undergraduate education to the Say Soomali project.

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LAYLA AHMED

Layla is a student at the University of Toronto and is currently involved with several clubs and organizations that strive to encourage youth to pursue post-secondary education. Layla hopes to pursue a career in health while building a community for younger students.