An article about UWM Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding student Rawand Yazaw is among the top features of 2021 on the Wisconsin Muslim Journal (WMJ) website . Yazaw works part-time at Milwaukee’s Islamic Resource Center, where she translates for Arab-speaking clients in its domestic violence program, and is developing a series of programs to help young people better navigate their new lives.
Yazaw is also the youth and leadership coordinator at the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition .
- Read “Jordanian Student Brings her Passion for Peacebuilding to Milwaukee ,” the January 2021 Rawand Yazaw article.
Rawand Yazaw knows well the challenges and hopes of refugees forced to flee their homelands by conflicts around the world.
She saw them, growing up in Jordan, in the stories of her grandparents, ethnic Circassians whose people were killed or expelled from the Caucasus by Russia in the 1800s. And again, as an adult, working with young people who’d fled wars in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
Yazaw is now channeling those insights to improve the lives of refugee and immigrant families in Milwaukee.
“I hope my work will help them feel a sense of pride and be confident in who they are,” said Yazaw, who is also a fellow in UWM’s newly created Institute for Systems Change and Peacebuilding.