Story by Cynthia Dukich
EWU McNair Scholar Abdulrazik “Abdu” Mohamed (2018 cohort) recently returned from a TRIO McNair-sponsored research trip where he presented his research “Sudanese in Diaspora: Perceptions on the conflict in Darfur” at the 2019 Black Doctoral Network Conference in Newark, New Jersey, then traveled to Georgetown Law School and Capitol Hill to participate in the 8th Annual Women in Genocide Symposium: The Case of Darfur.
In addition to winning an honorable mention for his poster presentation, he also had the opportunity to attend sessions about the dissertation process, research methods, and how to expand academic networks to support success at the doctoral level and beyond.
Abdu also joined International Symposium on Women in Genocide participants on lobby to meet with Congressman Dean Phillips’ office (Dem from MN) on Capitol Hill to speak about the current situation in Sudan and to educate them about the UN resolution that will expire in January, and how that might impact the vulnerable population of the country.
Having returned to Eastern Washington University refreshed, renewed and resolved to apply his research towards finding peaceful solutions to world conflicts, Abdu is currently continuing work with his McNair Scholars' Program mentor Dr. Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted in the EWU Political Science department and applying to doctoral programs.