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Sara Abou Rashed ’21


Called ‘’an inspiration,’’ by Marian Wright Edelman, Sara Abou Rashed is an exciting young voice in America. She is a speaker, poet, and storyteller. Sara is originally from Palestine, but was born and raised in Syria. In 2013, she moved with her family to Columbus, Ohio, escaping the Syrian War – and that’s when she first learned English. Sara has keynoted at numerous conferences such as the National Convention of Teachers of English, the United States of Women, and Senator Sherrod Brown’s Women’s Leadership Summit. Her literary works appear in over 12 publications, including The Voice of Youth Advocates and forthcoming high school-level language arts curriculum by McGraw-Hill. Some of Sara’s accolades include giving a TEDx Talk, getting nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and performing at the Tenement Museum of NYC. Most recently, Sara wrote and starred in her debut one-woman show titled A Map of Myself in which she discusses identity, belonging, immigration, and finding home. (More at www.mapofmsyelf.com)