Since joining ACCESS as the Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager, Rima’s role has allowed us to focus our efforts on this imperative work. She has been instrumental, particularly in cultivating and strengthening our relationships in DC with policymakers and other advocacy organizations, while working to ensure our voices and stories are heard. These relationships are critical to the work we have been doing here in Michigan and on a national level and will allow us to focus our efforts strategically and collectively, in partnership with the wonderful staff and departments of ACCESS that are also working in areas of advocacy.
Rima graduated from Wayne State University with a Master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies and has an additional master’s degree in Dispute Resolution, also from Wayne State University. Rima has been an active member of the community for many years, previously working in positions with the Arab American Chamber of Commerce as well as with Life for Development and the United Church of Christ’s Media Empowerment Project nationally and internationally.