Areas of Specialty

Intersectionality; Race and gender inequities; higher education inequities

What matters to you?

Education, health, sustainability, and prioritizing equity in every role, sector of society, and corner of the world.

What are some wise words to live by?

"Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." - James Baldwin

What brings you joy?

Love, laughter, ... food :) , witnessing positive transformation (personal, systemic, etc.), and going into every situation and interaction expecting to learn something new, because I fully believe that everyone that you meet probably knows at least one thing that you don't that they could teach you.

Aliaa Eldabli

Social Transformation Intern

A recent graduate in (social) psychology with a minor in theatre at Aurora University, Aliaa
Eldabli researches intersectionality (individuals and groups with compounding marginalized
identities) and their outcomes in vulnerable situations (i.e., receiving help for sexual assault)
compared to more privileged groups, specifically between Black and White women, based on
principles of ambivalent sexism.

Eldabli has also conducted research with a research team on underprivileged (i.e.,
first-generation, low-income, and/or Latinx) undergraduate students’ navigation through the
graduate school application process, mentoring students to enhance their self-efficacy by
providing students with materials (i.e., Graduate Record Exam [GRE] prep) and pedagogy (i.e.,
workshops on how to write an effective personal statement) to achieve graduate school
application success.

Her most recent volunteer work includes being one of the primary creators and food distributors
for “Feed the People”, a pop-up food pantry in her community, in order to combat food insecurity
exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 (i.e., job loss, homelessness). She is also a Lead for
the Leadership Team (EDI-LT) of her previous employer, Paramount (Broadway) Theatre, on
their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee.

Additionally, Eldabli has served the theatre community as a stage manager for 3 years,
assistant choreographer, and also researching the implementation of intimacy direction (explicit
direction and exact choreography for intimate scenes between actors) to establish new safety
standards in the field of theater. She hopes that all of her past, current, and future work on
social inequities in various sectors of society will truly live up to the title of her new role at
Well-Being & Equity in the World: Social Transformation (intern). Outside of this work, Eldabli
enjoys yoga, practicing Arabic calligraphy, dancing, puzzles, hiking, reading, and
writing/performing spoken word.

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