Mariam is a GRC alumnus and former Immigrant and ESL Peer Navigator at the Office of Diversity from 2014 to 2015. She worked closely with students of all backgrounds and provided mentorship and tutoring services in English and Math. With a passion for community development, culture, and design, she pursued a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies, specializing in Community Development and Planning from the University of Washington Tacoma. Eager to learn more about the world, she studied abroad her last quarter at UWT in Ecuador, learning about “Race, Gender, and Well-being” from Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian communities. A little after graduating, Mariam moved to China and taught English for nearly 4 years in Hohhot and Chengdu. She began to travel extensively throughout the country and developed a love for travel photography. You can always catch her with her camera, snapping shots of nature, smiles, and architecture.
What drew her back to GRC was the memory of the community and relations she gained as a student. Being part of IPEL is a reminder to her of how impactful cultural exchange and immersion is to all individuals, and she hopes to contribute her knowledge and passion to the work she does.
Off-hours, Mariam enjoys running, traveling, drinking coffee, and creative design.