Reina Sultan (Jordan)


Reina Sultan (Jordan)

Reina Sultan recently graduated from UCSB with honors as a Political Science major (International Relations) and French minor. As a student fundraiser and subsequently a fundraising supervisor at the UCSB Annual Fund, she raised nearly $170,000 for student resource programs. She strove to involve herself in several organizations, holding leadership positions in both her sorority and Associated Students over the course of several years. During her junior year, she was awarded the prestigious Philip & Aida Siff Educational Foundation Scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements. While interning in Washington D.C. that same year, she was given the opportunity to represent UCSB at UC Day, a yearly event aimed at lobbying California representatives to better serve the UC system. She just ended her time working as an English teaching assistant in France, where she worked with high school students in priority education zones. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Collateral Repair Project in Amman, Jordan. The daughter of Lebanese refugees, she feels very strongly about advocating for and volunteering with refugee communities displaced by violence. After returning from Jordan, Reina recounted her time there by saying, "I wish I could express in words how meaningful and formative my time with CRP was. AP gave me the opportunity to work with and amplify the voices of beautiful, resilient refugee women in Amman, Jordan. I urge everyone with the means and privilege to make change with an organization like CRP to seize that opportunity immediately".



17 Aug

Inshallah

I’ve been avoiding writing this final blog because it’s the final goodbye from my fellowship and (as everyone at CRP knows) I hate goodbyes. I’ve been back in the states for a week now, so I’ve decided it’s safe for me to write this blog without bursting into tears. Professionally, this fellowship meant more than […]

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Posted Aug 17, 2017

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06 Aug

Reflecting on… Embroidery

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have no hand-eye coordination. Getting me to catch anything, play the piano, or even park a car in between the lines is a struggle. So, you can understand my apprehension when the embroidery leaders wanted me to learn new embroidery stitches with them at Tiraz. For the […]

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Posted Aug 06, 2017

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06 Aug

Ashwaq

In Iraq, Ashwaq had a normal life. She was studying to be a math teacher, but she didn’t graduate and got married instead. She stayed home with her two children; they are 10 and 7. Eventually, life became more difficult. Her family is Sabaean and people began harassing them, “You must read Quran. Why don’t […]

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Posted Aug 06, 2017

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25 Jul

Reflecting on… Resettlement

Reflecting on… Resettlement The fact that only 1-2% of refugees are resettled is one that haunts me when I hear every day about the hopes these people have to be safe, rejoin family, and start a new life in the west. This uneasiness with the probability that most of these people will be stuck in […]

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Posted Jul 25, 2017

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14 Jul

Nadia

When asked to directly address Americans, Nadia said, “My biggest dream in this world is to go to America, to settle down there with my husband and our kids. It is my deepest wish. I beg you.” Nadia is from Iraq, where it seems like war has been raging on endlessly. Despite it being better […]

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Posted Jul 14, 2017

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09 Jul

Reflecting on… Expectations v. Reality

Today is July 9th, which means I have exactly one month left in Amman. I wanted to take this time to reflect on how my expectations for this Peace Fellowship compare to the realities on the ground. Expectation: I am going to come in and start making positive changes immediately! Reality: Change takes time and […]

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Posted Jul 09, 2017

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05 Jul

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

In Jordan, I have met brave women who are seeking freedom. Imagine their surprise in finding the land of the free and home of the brave is turning a blind eye to their struggle. Of course, there are people in the U.S. who are empathetic to the refugee crisis, calling their senators and protesting the […]

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Posted Jul 05, 2017

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30 Jun

Reflecting on… Identity

Sorry about the hiatus from blogging. I am writing from Tripoli, Lebanon on the last day of CRP’s Eid vacation. I will begin working again on Sunday, July 2nd! I have mentioned in previous blogs and Facebook posts that both my parents are from Lebanon. My father’s immediate family left for Colorado during the civil […]

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Posted Jun 30, 2017

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21 Jun

No Justice, No Peace

Full disclosure: I’m angry. I came to work angry about the abuse of people of color and the media/global reactions to that abuse. Why is it that an attack on people who are perceived as mostly white by a brown perpetrator is immediately called terrorism? But when the roles are reversed, we don’t want to […]

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Posted Jun 21, 2017

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16 Jun

Reflecting on…Food

You’re probably thinking, “This crazy Muslim girl is so hungry during Ramadan that she is spending her time before the sun sets obsessing about food.” You would be correct in assuming this, but I promise this blog has a point, whereas torturing myself with Tasty Japan videos did not. Bainna khibez wa milih- bread and […]

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Posted Jun 16, 2017

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13 Jun

Why is June 20th Important?

June 20th is World Refugee Day. For those who don’t know, World Refugee Day was declared on June 20, 2000 by the UN to commemorate the upcoming 50-year anniversary of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. This day is important because it is used to highlight the hardships of displacement as well as signal […]

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Posted Jun 13, 2017

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09 Jun

Reflecting on… Islamophobia

“Enough with the killing. There’s been enough blood…”- A Muslim refugee from Iraq the day after the June 3rd London attacks. For some, his response may be surprising. Some people believe that Muslims in the Middle East rejoice when hearing the news of a terrorist attack in the west. Those people may also believe that […]

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Posted Jun 09, 2017

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08 Jun

Ahlan Wasahlan

For every taxi driver that tries to take me home or marry me off to his son, there are 10 positive experiences and they all start with Ahlan Wasahlan (welcome). When I arrived at CRP for my first day of work I was extremely nervous. I couldn’t figure out how to enter the building, I […]

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Posted Jun 08, 2017

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02 Jun

Reflecting on… Ramadan

OOOORRRROOOOUAAAHWWAAAA. Nope, that’s not a whale. Just my stomach. There is nothing like a grumbling (see above) stomach and a parched throat to blow a normal situation wildly out of proportion. Yesterday, the late afternoon brought with it a near temper tantrum as I wrestled with a faulty portable router which failed to bring me […]

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Posted Jun 02, 2017

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31 May

Cha Cha Cha Changes

Nothing prepares you for the moment you step off a plane and into a country you aren’t yet familiar with. The panic, the excitement, the *I will NOT let this taxi driver rip me off* is the same in every new country I visit. Yet, every time I am taking those overly confident steps toward […]

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Posted May 31, 2017

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