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Abdul OmariAbdul M. Omari

Doctoral Student
Expected Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

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I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in global studies, continued on to earn a master’s of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and am currently working towards my doctorate in comparative and international development education. My research is focused on mentoring relationships in Minnesota that serve African and African American males and the differences in needs and perceptions of youth-adult relationships for these two populations. Currently, I teach an undergraduate course in leadership, serve on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Red Cross, and was recently elected to the U of M Board of Regents. I am fortunate to be a MacArthur fellow, heavily involved in the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), and a Justice Alan Page Foundation scholar and advocate. I am a proud native of south Minneapolis (the place where dreams come true), with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan. For fun, I ride motorcycles, love live music, play soccer, and work as a bartender.

Dissertation Topic

Exploring the perceptions of mentoring relationships for African American and West African males.

Revised August 2013