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Our first episode few episodes are available now! Stay tuned for more!

In our pilot episode, we interview Fatima Rahman. Fatima currently serves as the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow for Global Cleveland. Fatima was born in Honduras, but she has lived in the U.S. for practically her whole life. She is what is referred to as a DACA Dreamer, someone who was brought to the U.S. as a child and has grown up in the U.S., but has no way to gain legal residency. Fatima’s protected status in the U.S. is always in question, and she has had to overcome many barriers to be find the success that she has now. But her work isn’t done yet.

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In this episode, we speak with Baiju Shah, the President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Baiju was a founding member of Global Cleveland. With parents who immigrated from India, Baiju has grown up with two cultures: being an American-Indian and being a Clevelander.

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Leen Ajlouni grew up in Jordan and received a full scholarship to a prestigious American school in her home country. After, she moved to the U.S. to attend Smith College in Massachusetts on a full scholarship. Once she graduated with a degree in engineering, she moved to Cleveland to work at BioMotiv, and later, North Coast Ventures, the largest angel fund in the country. Despite her achievements and having made a home for herself in Cleveland, Leen’s visa expired, forcing her to leave the U.S.

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In this episode, we speak with Melaak Rashid, the co-founder and development director for Smart Development. Melaak has used her time and talents to give back to people within the international community, whether that be by acting as a cultural competency consultant, by securing over 10 million dollars in grants for various non-profits, or by translating vaccine information so that those in her community may keep themselves healthy and safe.

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Opening Eyes

By speaking with newcomers and hearing their stories, we’re giving listeners a glimpse into the lives of their neighbors. We’re giving others the chance to open their eyes – and their hearts – to our newcomer brothers and sisters.

Mending Divides

There has always been a divide between people of different cultures, birthplaces, and religions that stems from misconceptions and a lack of understanding. We’re here to try and close that divide.