Nadeen Ibrahim
University of Colorado-Denver

Nadeen Ibrahim is a senior at the University of Colorado-Denver (UCD). Her major is in public health and her minor is in leadership studies and chemistry. She emigrated from the Palestinian Territory as an infant and relocated to Wiggins, Colorado in 1997. This rural community is located in the northeastern part of the state and has a population of less than 1,000 individuals.

Ms. Ibrahim is committed to her undergraduate studies and is excelling academically. She is active on both the campus and in the community. She was named the “2016 Community Builder of the Year” at UCD. She strives to cultivate a campus community through engagement in the immediate and global community. She has served in several officer positions in student organizations, including president of the Muslim Student Association and Cultural Health Bridge. She provides leadership in holding vigils on campus to raise awareness of global issues, such as the refugee crisis.

Ms. Ibrahim was appointed by the governor in March 2015 to serve on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Board of Health. She is the youngest individual in Colorado’s history to date to serve as a board member. In this capacity, she votes on rules and regulations related to public health, including funding for public health grant programs; provides advice and guidance to the Executive Director; and appoints members to department committees.

Ms. Ibrahim is fluent in Arabic and serves as a community organizer for the Muslim community in Colorado. She actively advocates for Muslim Americans throughout the state, particularly resettled refugees. She closely collaborates with the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado, and other agencies to organize events and workshops to empower Muslim Americans of their civil rights and personal narratives. She founded the Colorado Muslim Connection and publishes e-newsletters for the organization to showcase the positive engagement of Muslim Americans in their Colorado communities.

Ms. Ibrahim recently was appointed by the mayor to the Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission. She and over 20 other commissioners will provide recommendations directly to the mayor on creating a more inclusive, safe environment for Denver’s immigrant and refugee communities.