Fellows and Alumni

Graduated Fellows

Esmerelda

Esmeralda is a single mother of two on her way to a career in nursing. She wants to become a nurse because of how little access immigrants in her community have to health care. She is saving up for nursing school by working as a grocery clerk for a family-owned business. 


Kobra

Kobra is a mother of two raising three kids in New Haven. She studied accounting in Sudan and hopes to work in the food business after she gets another degree in accounting here in the US. Her dream, one day, is to become a member of Congress to advocate for refugees and Muslim Americans. She is now working at the University of New Haven.


Maha

Maha is a mother of four on her way to becoming a dentist assistant. She has a degree as a veterinarian in Sudan, but when it was not recognized in the US, she got by through jobs as a homeaid nurse. Maha was recently accepted into a dental assistant program at a Community College. 


Maria

Maria has lived in New Haven for over twenty years and always dreamed of opening a business with her husband. She was selected as a venture in the Collab and CitySeed 2020 Food Business Accelerator, and is launching Alegria Cafe, an Italian-Mexican food truck. 


Amna

Amna is a mother of six with a passion for food, and Sudanese food in particular. Havenly was her first job. She speaks French and Arabic as she grew up between Sudan and Chad. Amna hopes to one day open a food cart and is a food service worker at the University of New Haven.


Safa

Safa is a mother on a mission to support other mothers through prenatal care and childcare. In Sudan, she ran a center providing services and childcare to early mothers. She studied early childhood development and prenatal care. She is now working at EBJ childcare, and hopes to learn enough to open her own center one day. 


Siham

Siham has been living in the United States for 22 years with her seven children. Her dream is to own and operate a cultural community center for the Sudanese Community in West Haven and New Haven, of which she has become a leader. Siham works as a baker at the University of New Haven. 


Mutiaa

Mutiaa is a mother of three with a strong attention to detail, organizational capacity, and passion for learning. After graduating, Mutiaa began working as a pharmacist assistant. She is building up the hours to become certified as a pharmacy technician. 


Mashair

Mashair is from Sudan, where her and her husband studied law. She has a strong passion for teaching and education, and is working as a warehouse associate at Amazon to save up to go back to school. 



Hala

Hala is a mother of four and fierce leader in the Syrian community in New Haven. She gave birth during the fellowship, and a few months later, was hired as a baker at the University of New Haven. Since her hire, Hala has been promoted and began making Syrian desserts for the dining hall. She was also hired as an ambassador for the University Dining Program, helping recruit and train other refugee and immigrant women. 



Faten

Faten is a mother with a passion for beauty and styling. She was a hair stylist in Syria, and hopes to pursue a career in the beauty sector. She is currently living with her family in Pennsylvania.