Rebuilding and Revitalizing Communities Ravaged by Warfare
June 2, 2022: Commencement from 2019-2022. City College of New York
Michelle Asim graduated from the City College of New York in 2019 with honors. She received two degrees: A Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. During Undergraduate, Michelle joined Women Beyond Survival as a Youth Representative, and galvanized and recruited youth from different parts of the world to be active members of WBS. She is now the treasurer of Women Beyond Survival. Michelle is passionate about serving under-Served communities, promoting diversity within STEM fields, and public health issues specifically in global health and epidemiology. Outside of the University, she teaches children and young adults how to swim from beginner to competitive level. She also teaches Arabic and Islamic theology to elementary students in New York City. She will pursue a field in Medicine, and travel internationally with WBS helping refugees and IDPs that have grave illnesses as victims of wars and conflicts.
May 18, 2022: Columbia University Commencement
Isha Asim graduated Barnard College of Columbia University on May 18, 2022 with a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. Throughout her time at Barnard, she has worked to make a significant impact on her campus community, and overall with surrounding communities in New York City. At Barnard, she led initiatives to support First-Generation Low-Income students to adjust to college life, served as a peer health educator to foster wellness on campus, and conducted clinical research and behavioral neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center. Upon graduation, she will be pursuing clinical neuroscience research focusing on finding causes and treatment for epilepsy. Isha takes her background in neuroscience as life changing. She gives her experience through implementation to Women Survival of which she is an active member. She helps to create awareness on issues concerning mental and behavioral health to the members of WBS, as well as reaching out to the youth component of Women Beyond Survival.
Safiyya Sarkin, President and Founder of Women Beyond Survival, spoke to 5th and 6th graders on gender equality, a human right from an Islamic perspective and the impact it has in these children.