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Ubuntu Leaders Fellows Program: Addressing the Global Goals through Community Based Projects 

By Rashin osman, carolina hidalgo-ahmed, niema abdullah, & katherine mclaughlin

Rashin Osman (A.K.A Rasheed Osman) is a first-year Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Emergency Management at Millersville University. His area of interest is advocating for social justice and the human rights of the vulnerable. Driven by the passion for supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families, Rasheed has completed internships with the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Bell socialization services, and Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). He is also An ODP certified Support Broker. In addition, he has worked as an educational support coach for the Integrated Studies at Millersville University. 

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Rasheed completed an internship at the Learning Institute - Center for Advancing Justice and Human Rights, working as a student employee, and subsequently gained employment with the Institute. Rasheed is the lead person for the Ubuntu Leaders Fellows Program (ULFP), Learning Institute's Documentary and Dialogue, and Policy Advocacy Webinar Series. Rasheed aspires to become a licensed social worker with a background in emergency management. In addition, Rasheed wants to use his knowledge and experience to research best practices to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Behind the scenes, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and playing his FIFA video games.

Carolina Hidalgo-Ahmed attends Millersville University as an undergraduate in the BSW program. Carolina is one of the two recipients of All-PA Academic Team Scholars 2021, representing Reading Area Community College, where she earned a degree in Social Work. Carolina takes part in the Ubuntu Fellowship at Millersville University, which focuses on 2 of the 17  UN Sustainable Development Goals. Carolina is currently working as Executive Director for Pecan The HONE Initiative, which focuses on Hand's-On Nutrition Education for children and families in Berks County. 

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She is looking forward to continuing her education after earning a BSW from Millersville University by pursuing an MSW. Her research focuses on social policy, food security, and poverty reduction. Carolina enjoys hiking and tennis with her four-year-old daughter Amaara and husband, Syed.


Niema Abdullah is a Senior at Millersville Univeristy. She is an Early Childhood Education major (Pre K - Grade 4), with minor(s) in African American Studies, and Spanish Culture Studies. She will be graduating in the Spring of 2022.

I am a sophomore with a major in Communication Studies. I choose this subject for my project because I care a lot about the environment and the world around me, and I also enjoy writing, so I thought I could combine the two to complete a short story! 

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