100% of participants report having a greater appreciation for other peoples and cultures upon completion of the program
More than 50% of participants are currently working on issues in or related to the Middle East
97% of participants report feeling empowered to foster interfaith dialogue on and off campus upon completion of the program
The Ibrahim Program identifies and supports alumni-led initiatives that create local and systemic change. [See Insights page for more.]
A Small Selection of Upward Bound Ibrahim Alumni
The ultimate judgement regarding the impact that this experiential educational journey has on our participants is revealed through the trajectory of their career evolution. Click Here to read a handful of narratives meant to highlight some of the amazing endeavors our alumni have taken up following their journey with our program.
The De-Otherize Project
The De-Otherize Project is a pop up installation designed by 2017 Ibrahim fellow, Josie Ygnatowiz, that combats Islamophobia by providing an opportunity for interactions and relationship building between Americans and Middle Eastern youth through virtual dialogue sessions.
Wassem Ali, a 2017 Ibrahim fellow turned alumni staff videographer, shot and directed a short film with the collaboration of the 2017 Ibrahim cohort about their experience on the trip.
Tarjimly University, Translating Justice
Danya Adib-Azpeitia, a 2018 Ibrahim fellow is launching Tarjimly University, a partnership with Tarjimly, to match volunteer translators with refugees, immigrants, displaced people, and aid workers.
2019 Ibrahim fellows, Shakiba Mashayekhi, Diana Chavez-Varela, and Michael Elsanadi, are training students, young professionals, and community members on better information sharing practices.
Transformative Muslim Women
Through the power of storytelling, 2019 Ibrahim fellows, Alexis Fisher, Anna Savva, Maimuna Begum, Nour Abdelwahab, and Zahraa Mohammed, are deconstructing Islamophobia by highlighting the experiences of hijabi Muslim women in a way that centers and uplifts them.
“To be in a group this engaged, this committed learning to learning from one another and being vulnerable in that process - it pushed me to practice active listening, I had never done before. I think that’s the first step towards anything you can call ‘understanding.’”