Welcome to Our 2020 Fall Intern, Iman Mekonen

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Iman is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majors in international social justice studies and minors in political science. She is also studying Arabic as her language of choice. In the local community, she serves as a youth mentor for underrepresented communities and is a member of VCU Globe, a globally focused organization that interacts with international students and community members. At VCU, Iman works as the editor of the Spectrum (Arts & Culture) section of The Commonwealth Times, VCU’s student newspaper, where she reports on the arts and culture scene in Richmond. 

As a first generation Ethiopian American, Iman was inspired to pursue a degree in International Studies after growing up with African culture in her household and wanting to advocate for justice. She is interested in learning more about humanitarian aid and refugee resettlement. After college, Iman hopes to further her education and work in public service, incorporating writing and media to international contexts. As an intern with Africa Faith and Justice Network, she is excited to expand her knowledge and interest in African culture while building on her academic background and previous skills.

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