My name is Dina Yazdani, and I want to see an end to sectarianism that has plagued the Middle East. I was raised by a Sunni Malaysian Mother and a Shi’ite Iranian Father, and remember a time not long ago when these sectarian divides were not as deep as they are today.
I recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs, and will be attending King’s College in London for a Master’s in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies this coming Fall. Ultimately, I aspire to be a reporter based out of the Middle East and help raise awareness about the root causes of conflict.
My main area of interest is conflict resolution in divided societies. I wrote my thesis on Lebanon’s power-sharing system, and continue to explore possible pathways for peace. I spent this past Summer studying conflict resolution in Europe and the Middle East with a focus on the Northern Ireland conflict, and the previous Summer visiting relatives in Iran, and studying Arabic at the American University of Beirut. As much as I love to read and research about the Middle East, my experiences living and traveling there are absolutely irreplaceable. I look forward to returning to the region in the near future.
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The PioLog, 2015, The LC Community Rallies for a Middle East Studies Minor
Islamic Horizons Magazine, 2012 Teaching Activism
The Oregonian, 2012 Teacher’s Union and PPS: Don’t argue, just fix it.
OneVoice Movement Blog, 2012 OneVoice’s Occidental College chapter host’s justice week
Oxy Weekly, 2012 Muslim Student Association holds vigil for Syrian victims
The Gulf Times, 2011 Doha lessons for youth leaders
Public Broadcasting Service, 2011 Youth Remember 9/11
New York Times, 2010 Small Fund-Raisers for Victims Start to Add Up
The Oregonian, 2010 Portland ‘priority zone’ would give seven schools special treatment
The Portland Tribune, 2010 Teachers feel left out of redesign process