Jaylan Abd Elrahman

Jaylan Abd Elrahman

Jaylan Abd Elrahman, Ed.M., is a Chicago-based educator who currently manages the Safe Spaces Project at GirlForward, a national organization that develops and administers educational programming and community support initiatives for refugee and immigrant high school women.

Jaylan also serves as Director of Programs of MALIKAH, where she leads and supports curriculum development and implementation of healing justice, social justice and leadership development programming. Jaylan previously served as an Education Research Associate at RTI International’s Center for Evaluation and Study of Educational Equity. Prior to her work at RTI, Jaylan served in various research roles at the Brooking Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy, and Harvard University’s Center for Ethics. Jaylan holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and an B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College

Jaylan Abd Elrahman

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Bringing Community to Cross-Sector Tables

“[Our cross-sector table] has to be authentic about giving power to the community, which means people in the community are [the table] members, they have the power to make decisions, and they are having their capacity built as a part of the initiative.” RTI International recently conducted research into what makes effective cross-sector tables, particularly ones that lead to collective …

A Path Towards Authentic Community Engagement

An equity-driven collective impact movement should seek to disrupt and reform unequal power dynamics. As we wrote in the previous piece in this series, structurally engaging stakeholders who typically have low political capital is key. This is part II of our Bringing Community Engagement to Cross-Sector Initiatives. Read the first part here. Collective impact initiatives cannot be piecemeal and short-term, but …

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