Hudda Ibrahim Author Visit
November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Diversity and inclusion expert Hudda Ibrahim will be visiting Marshall-Lyon County Library on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm. She has been invited to the library to share the many ways communities can go about being more inclusive.
Earlier in the day, Hudda and her husband, Abdi Mahad, will be visiting Southview Elementary School where they will read from their children’s books. They will be meeting with students in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. Hudda and Abdi are the co-founders of Diverse Voices Press, a publishing company that specializes in telling stories featuring diverse characters.
About the Authors
Hudda Ibrahim is a Bush Leadership Fellow with the Bush Foundation. She is also currently in a doctoral program at St. Mary’s University, and teaches diversity and social justice at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud. She holds a master’s degree in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies and English literature from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota, and she is the co-founder of Diverse Voices Press.
She is also a published author with five books in the marketplace. “From Somalia to Snow” gives readers an invaluable insider’s look into the lives and culture of the Somali people who have made Minnesota their new home. She is also the author of “Lula Wants to Wear A Badge,” “Imrah’s First 100 Words,” “What Color is My Hijab?” and “Waa Midabkee Xijaabkaygu?” The latter is the Somali edition of “What Color is My Hijab?”
Abdi Mahad is the co-founder of Diverse Voices Press and the author of Classic Somali Folktales and The ABCs of Affirmations: Help Kids Be All They Can Be. He started up the independent publishing company and social enterprise based in St. Cloud Minnesota in 2021. The company’s mission is to publish inclusive books by underrepresented voices.
In addition to his work as an author, Mahad also mentors young black men who are interested in teaching; and at was recruited by Independent School District 742 to write Minnesota’s first Somali language curriculum. It is now being used in St. Cloud schools to help kids learn to read and write in their native language.
More information about Diverse Voices Press can be found at www.DiverseVoicesPress.com.