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Peace and conflict studies expert joins TAKE ON HATE

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"I plan on expanding our presence on college campuses, building more collaborations with similar groups and campaigns, and utilizing other pathways to spread our message to TAKE ON HATE." — Asha Noor

Asha Noor serves as the Advocacy and Engagement Specialist for the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). Noor has worked both domestically and abroad in conflict zones with marginalized communities, including women, afro-indigenous groups, refugees, religious minorities and trauma victims.

"The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE is a great fit for me because I love to mobilize and organize around causes that are not only pressing, but that I am also passionate about. In the past, I’ve worked on racial justice issues and advocacy work with marginalized communities. TAKE ON HATE has all of those elements and more. It blends together advocacy work, narrative, civic engagement, community building and collaborative efforts," Noor says.

Before coming to NNAAC, Noor worked with Islamic Relief USA, where she gained an extensive understanding of Middle East conflict and international humanitarian issues. This prompted her interest in Conflict and Peace studies. During her graduate studies at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, she has focused much of her research and work on Somalia and conflicts facing the Somali Diaspora.

"What I love most about my work in peace and conflict studies is its reflective practices. There’s this misconception that peace-builders go in to “fix” a situation. That model is extremely flawed; really we learn and grow collectively through peace-building. It’s as much a transformative process for me as I hope it is for the communities we work alongside," Noor says.

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