Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

2017 Carlson Award Winner

Congratulations Mariama Suwaneh!

Suwaneh accepting the award at the 2017 Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership

Suwaneh accepting the award at the 2017 Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership

 

Excerpt from one of her recommendation letters: I can say that none of Maraima’s immense talents come as a surprise to me anymore, because she has built her aspirations on a foundation of remarkable consistency and integrity. Mariama embodies servant leadership with her warmth of character, and a level of maturity and thoughtfulness that transcends her age. Above all, Mariama is a true Husky, in the sense that she lives to engage and give back to the communities—and to the University—that have shaped her into the remarkable young woman she is. – James Whitfield President & CEO Leadership Eastside

Mariana Suwaneh raises her fist and chants "black lives matter" as a Black Lives Matter rally interrupts the Race and Equity Community Conversations at the Intellectual House on the campus of the University of Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Mariana Suwaneh raises her fist and chants “black lives matter” as a Black Lives Matter rally interrupts the Race and Equity Community Conversations at the Intellectual House on the campus of the University of Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

 

Mariama is a true civic leader and it has led her on a journey of social justice throughout the University, across the Greater Seattle area, and ultimately across the world.

As a sophomore at the UW, Mariama was a key player in negotiations with the UW administrators after the largest walk-out in UW history. Her efforts to led to increased collaboration between students and administration on campus. Shortly after, she spent time in Ferguson, Missouri, training in community organizing strategies and social media as a tool for social justice.

She has since served on numerous committees across the Greater Seattle Area and the Eastside focused on the promotion and implementation of racial equity, including the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition, the Renton Coalition of Pastors and Police, Mayor Ed Murray’s Council for African-American Elders, and President Ana Mari’s Race and Equity Initiative Steering Committee.

During her senior year, she was afforded the opportunity to participate in an independent study abroad in Israel and Palestine, learning about the tensions and peacemaking efforts in the Middle East. She sat with grassroots organizers, religious figures, and military commanders on both sides of the separation wall to begin to understand the complexities of reconciliation. It was here she learned the language to call herself an “agent of racial reconciliation.” She also served as the ASUW Black Student Commission Director during this year.

Mariama looks forward to pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Political Science and spending time researching the reshaping of the Black identity in this post-Obama era.

 

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