Halima Hamud

Halima is a Somali-American from Idaho. She was born in Kenya, where she spent her formative years in the Dadaab refugee camp before emigrating to the United States in 2009. She has received her B.A. in political science with an emphasis in international relations. Halima has a passion for the economic advancement of women. She believes it's vital to equip women with tools to utilize their skills in the workforce. She has spent her time in undergraduate researching refugees' access to higher education and professional development. Her research titled "Skilled Foreign Professionals in Idaho" used a qualitative approach to examine brain waste (skill underutilizing) and best practices in Idaho. She is a Truman Scholar 2021. She hopes to use her leadership and research skills to create tools for an inclusive workforce.