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Post-Election Community Conversation

  • Jane E Lawton Community Center 4301 Willow Lane Chevy Chase, MD, 20815 United States (map)

Join NWMI for a post-election community conversation. The purpose of this program is to provide a space to gather, reflect, and learn techniques that will enable community members to address challenges in a positive manner.  The adult program and youth programs will occur concurrently.
Dr. John Abd al-Qadir Davies will facilitate a discussion for adults. An expert in peacebuilding, Dr. Davies will offer important lessons for constructively navigating uncertainties that may lie ahead.  

Workshop leaders for the youth program, and their corresponding age groups include: Isabel Guerra-Showkatian (8-11 year olds); Aisha Rahman, Esq. (12-14 year olds); and Taqi Tirmazi, PhD (15-19 year olds).  Each workshop will include a brief presentation followed by open discussion and Q&A to allow the youth to address their own specific needs and challenges.  Older youth will be given information about organizations and resources that can answer future questions and allow them to connect to ally organizations.

Please RSVP here.

Speaker Bios:

John Abd al-Qadir Davies is Co-Director of the Partners in Conflict and Partners in Peacebuilding Projects at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. He has trained thousands of professionals in conflict transformation, prevention and multi-track diplomacy, including political leaders and diplomats, UN peacekeepers, police, educators, religious, traditional and civil society leaders.

Aisha Rahman, Esq. is executive director of KARAMAH and also serves as the head of the organization’s Family Law Division. Rahman came to KARAMAH from Legal Aid of East Tennessee, where she was a staff attorney litigating cases on domestic violence. In her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, Rahman chaired the Social Justice Committee of the Shura (consultative council) at the Muslim Community of Knoxville.

M. Taqi Tirmazi is an associate  professor at Morgan State University School of Social Work.  Over the past ten years, his research has focused on studying the psychological functioning and behavioral health of urban and immigrant youth form a risk and resiliency perspective. His work experience includes early childhood education, social work practice, positive adolescent development, and sports and recreation.


Isabel Guerra-Showkatian has been a Fairfax County Public School teacher for 22 years and has taught all ages and grades from kindergarten to adult learners.  She has conducted workshops for educators on second language acquisition and has been a teacher mentor.