23 June 2017

Ali Aljasem made efforts for diversity and inclusion in the education system

Student from Utrecht nominated for ECHO Award 2017

A demonstration moves along the main street in Palmyra, Syria. © iStockphoto.com/Sporthos

Ali Aljasem, Conflict Studies and Human Rights student, has been nominated for the ECHO Award 2017. ECHO, the centre for diversity policy in higher education the centre for diversity policy in higher education, presents 3 awards to students with non-Western backgrounds who make exceptional efforts for diversity and inclusion in the education system. Aljasem has been nominated for his efforts to make the conflict in Syria more visible and to help refugees.

Syria

Ali Aljasem is nominated by Mario Fumerton, Assistant Professor at the Department of History. Besides his study of History, Ali has worked for Doctors Without Borders as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer and as an Ideology Analyst. He lives in the Netherlands since 2015 and actively devoted himself to making the conflict in Syria more visible, which includes organising benefit concerts and fundraisers, and the founding of the student collective 'From Utrecht, this is Aleppo’ and the platform ‘New Neighbors’. For his Master's degree, he researches the early protests against the Al-Assad regime at the University of Aleppo, for which he uses his own network in Syria and his personal experiences.

Utrecht University is very proud of this socially very involved student and is happy to congratulate Ali Aljasem on his nomination.

ECHO Award

Every year, ECHO presents 3 awards to students with non-Western backgrounds who made exceptional efforts for diversity and inclusion in the education system. The awards are for three students in Scientific Education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, wo), Higher Professional Education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, hbo) and Beta/Technology, respectively. The winners can participate in a summer school of 6 weeks at UCLA in the United States. The winners will also join the ambassadors network of ECHO-Award winners. This network contributes actively to social projects involving diversity and inclusion. The winners will be announced on Friday 29 September.