Ismahan Abdullahi, is a first-generation Somali-American woman who has lived in Denver, Colorado before moving to South Bay and then City Heights in San Diego, California. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society (MAS) under the Division of Civic Engagement. Her career path towards political activism was inspired by her early childhood experiences and by many events she has witnessed amongst communities of color throughout her life. As a former UCSD student, Ismahan was involved as the President of UCSD’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), where she discovered her passion for fighting for justice and equality for African Americans. The interviewRead More →

Dear Future ETHN 120D Students, As an LA native, I was unaware of what to expect from this course. I never conducted an oral history interview before, nor did I know what grassroots community organizing entailed. However, after virtually interning with the Refugee Health Unit, I would definitely recommend ETHN 120D to anyone that is interested in learning more about the San Diego community. In order to gain the most out of your experiences, be present in class at all times and ask presenters questions about their previous experiences in oral history. Be punctual and attentive to what your internship supervisors and your professor expectRead More →