Shamsa Ahmed is a recent graduate from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a double major in Political Science and International Relations. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and settling in the United States at the age of 11, Shamsa is passionate about peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a previous recipient of the David L Boren Scholarship studying Kiswahili in Arusha, Tanzania.
Shamsa wants to work with refugees in establishing peaceful and concrete ways of rehabilitation. She is passionate about lessening the refugee crisis. While at Augsburg University, Shamsa received the Newman Civic Fellowship to recognize her efforts in public service most notably women’s advancement in politics and promoting interfaith dialogue. Employed as Augsburg’s Interfaith Youth Coordinator, Shamsa was able to mentor middle and high school students in ways to work across bridges within the interfaith exchange.
Shamsa is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in rural South Korea, working with middle school students. In her spare time, Shamsa enjoys reading and writing for leisure and learning new languages. Shamsa also enjoys listening to Korean pop music and watching Korean tv shows.