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Meet The Team

From Left To Right: Kafia Ahmed, Andy Wilhide, Mustafa Jumale, Mohamed Dirie, Fartun Abdi, Saida Hassan

The Sheeko Team

Mustafa Jumale.JPG Mustafa Jumale graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Sociology and African Studies. He initiated the Sheeko project because he believes that the stories of youth matter. He is passionate about preserving the history of the Somali community through oral history projects. He hopes to start graduate school in the fall of 2012 in African History. He also plans to continue research with and about Somali communities around the world.
Saida Hassan.jpg Saida Hassan is a graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She graduated with a major in Early Childhood Education. In the summer of 2011, she was an intern with the Education Department at the Minnesota Historical Society. She cares deeply about international education and the development of educational programs and curricula that connect the local and the global. Saida has worked on a number of film projects with the Minnesota Historical Society and with TV by Girls.
mohamed.jpg Mohamed Dirie is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is studying Scientific and Technical Communication with a minor in Computer Science. He loves to do web design and to work with the Somali community. He is serving as the president of the Somali Student Association (SSA) at the University of Minnesota during the 2011-2012 academic year. The SSA is one of the largest Somali student organizations in North America.
Fartun Abdi.jpg Fartun M. Abdi is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Sociology. She is also an intern with a Minneapolis-based organization (CAPI) that serves recent immigrants and refugees in Minnesota ( After her 2012 graduation, Fartun hopes to use her skills to help advocate for new refugees, especially women and children. Fartun also has recently discovered that in her free time she loves to bake, and she is currently trying many new recipes.
kafiya .jpg Kafia Ahmed is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota (Class of 2011) with a double major in Political Science and Global Studies. Kafia enjoys reading, traveling and trying new recipes. In the future she hopes to serve as a diplomat and human rights advocate.
andy.jpg Anduin (Andy) Wilhide is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and is a local public historian. Her research explores the histories of Somali migration and refugee resettlement in Minnesota. She has collaborated with several Somali youth on oral history, video documentary and digital storytelling projects. She is a strong advocate for using digital media as a great tool for refugee and immigrant communities to share their stories and document their history. She is inspired on a daily basis by Somali youth who have such energy and enthusiasm for education and all that they strive to accomplish.