Mai Abdul Rahman

Mai Abdul Rahman is a lecturer, organizer, activist, writer, and researcher. She received her doctorate degree in Leadership and Policy from Howard University’s School of Education, M.A. degree in Education from Trinity University, and B.A. degree in Political Science from Drake University. Dr. Abdul Rahman is the author of Teaching Outside the Box: Beyond the Deficit Driven School Reforms. She has spent her career analyzing, researching and documenting the intersection between poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and the role of resiliency in fostering the education of homeless youth. Dr. Abdul Rahman’s works were impetus for her appointment by the DC Mayor and unanimous confirmation of the DC Council to the DC Human Rights Commission. As a United Nations consultant, Dr. Abdul Rahman assisted in developing short and long-term strategies for Birzeit University.
She co-produced ‘Arab Women speak out,’ and hosted and produced ‘Spotlight on Education’ a television program that addressed District of Columbia’s school policies; the impact of DC’s social and economic conditions on school aged youth, and the effect of food scarcity on the teaching and learning of District of Columbia Public Schools students. In 2005, Dr. Abdul Rahman founded American Palestinian Women’s Association (APWA). APWA is a non-profit, non-political, secular organization established to address the concerns of American Palestinian women living in the DC Metropolitan Area. Dr. Abdul Rahman also co-founded Washington Alliance for Middle East Peace and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. In 2010, she initiated and established African Americans for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa (AJJMENA), a peace advocacy group that is comprised of prominent African American educators, academicians, church and union leaders.