Cable’s Power of Inclusion Luncheon
Featuring Guest Speaker Kasar Abdullah
“Pay it forward: Becoming Global Citizens”
Ms. Abdulla, a Nashvillian for over 20 years, is a native of Kurdistan of Iraq. When former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein waged war on the region in 1988, Ms. Abdulla, at the age of 6, lost several family members and was forced to become a refugee. Initially, she and her family lived in a Refugee Camp in Meriden, Turkey until September 1992, where her family was settled in Fargo, North Dakota.
Ms. Abdulla, a long-time social-justice educator, advocate, mediator, and organizer since experiencing life in a refugee camp with her family, Ms. Abdulla has received numerous honors for her community activism in Nashville. President Obama named her a “Champion of Change” in September 2013 for her work on immigrant integration in Tennessee. Ms. Abdulla has been featured in Nashville Public Television’s “Next Door Neighbor “, the Nashville Scene’s “The People Issue 2010”, Splashlifemagazine’s “30 Under 30: Civic Leaders”, and StyleBluePrint Magazine “Faces of Nashville”.
Ms. Abdulla graduated from Tennessee State University in 2005 with Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She completed the University of Southern California’s fellowship on American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) in 2010, and is a Leadership Nashville and Leadership Tennessee Alumna. Ms. Abdulla graduated from Lipscomb University in 2016 with Masters in Conflict Management.
In pursuit of graduate school, in 2012 Ms. Abdulla resigned from her position as the Director of Advocacy & Education at Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, where she worked in the areas of policy research, advocacy, strategic communication, and education in the area of immigrant integration and leadership development. Ms. Abdulla has served on many boards such as, the community advisory board of Nashville Public Television and is currently on Board of Director of Young Women’s Christian Association, and PENCIL Foundation. Ms. Abdulla is the co-founder of American Muslim Advisory Council, a nonprofit organization that creates educational opportunities and civic opportunities for the American Muslim community with the larger Tennessee community.
Ms. Abdulla has been a founding team member at Valor Collegiate Academies since 2013. She enjoys educating families about their school choice options and getting to know Valor families. In her spare time, she loves hiking, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.