About Abdullah El-Hattab
Abdullah is a second-generation mid-western Egyptian-American. Growing up in Indiana, they spent their summers visiting family in Egypt, immersed in its language, culture, and cuisine. Abdullah graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology, focusing on education and storytelling. Their background includes working as an educator in the world’s largest children’s museum, substitute teaching, financial counseling, community health education, sexual health education for Planned Parenthood, and refugee social-service-focused farm management. Beginning in 2011 Abdullah’s work has primarily focused on refugee social services, food justice, and health. With a strong focus on social justice, equity, and equality, Abdullah is passionate about creating safe and inclusive spaces for clients. They recently completed a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Utah with a focus on mental health. Abdullah recently left their role as the New Roots Youth Agriculture Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee to pursue mental health counseling full-time. There they developed a refugee-focused youth agriculture and leadership program called YALL (Youth, Agriculture, Livestock, and Leadership.) In their free time, Abdullah rock climbs, cooks, gardens, trail runs, woodworks, make moonshine, plays music, and blacksmiths.