Salma Elakbawy is a 2020 M.A. graduate in the Department of Political Science: United Nations and Global Policy Studies at Rutgers University. Salma holds a BA in political science with a minor in women's and gender studies. She is a recipient of the Emily Hickman Award for Global Understanding and the Paul Robeson African American Alumni Alliance Award for Continuing Graduate Studies. Her areas of interest intertwine the field of conflict resolution, environmentalism, and public health. Salma is an alum of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Douglass Residential College. Throughout her time as a graduate student she studied at the International Center for Development and Decent Work as a part of the European Summer Institute Program. Additionally she has served as a graduate assistant at the Center for American Women and Politics, a graduate mentor for non-traditional students at University College, a bilingual tutor of the Arabic language, and a research assistant for Dr. Ethel Brooks on the history of Romani persecution. Currently she serves as the Program Coordinator for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM.
Salma is bilingual in Arabic and English.
Salma's favorite quote: "Your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power then your job is to empower somebody else."-Toni Morrison