Ohio Somali Graduation Ceremony & Teachers Workshop

This past Saturday was the 1st Annual Ohio Somali High School, College, University Graduation Ceremony and Teachers Workshop. The events were held at the Hilton Easton, and 119 Somali-American graduates were honored. 400-500 people attended the celebration, including Columbus Mayor Coleman and U.S. Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy. The Teachers Workshop was organized by Dr. Abdinur Muhamed (Ohio Department of Education). I gave a presentation on “The role of higher education institutions in immigrant and refugee education: challenges and opportunities”. Also presenting were Abwan Said Salah Ahmed (Minneapolis Public Schools) and Abdikarim Gole (OSU, in photo).