DR. SORAYA FALLAH
Soraya Fallah is a doctorate graduate and scholar from California State University Northridge (CSUN). She studied Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations & Law and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She is familiar with the treatment of individuals with disabilities in education and issues around educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students, both professionally and personally. As a scholar, Dr. Soraya conducted one of the first studies on immigrant families of children with disabilities from the Middle East and North Africa region. Fallah’s research “Giving Voice to an Invisible Population” was featured as a groundbreaking research on students with disabilities that can benefit students across the world and was chosen for the 31st Annual CSU Statewide Research Competition.
Dr. Fallah is a published author of books, journals, and other professional works, and she has served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on behalf of literature reviews. Her articles in English, Farsi and Kurdish are regularly published in several international publishing company, media outlets, and magazines. Her books, chapter books, and journal articles appears in places such as lit-verlag ,IGI Global, The Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) Tehran, The Journal for Special Education Apprenticeship (JoSEA). National Conference on Academic Advising ( Education Resources Information Center(ERIC), The Journal of School Administration Research and Development (JSARD), CSUN TODAY
Additionally, Dr. Soraya has spoken at over hundreds of national and international events, She is a regular commentator on radio broadcasts such as Voice of America (VOA), Voice of Kurdish American Radio (VOKRadio)KPFK 92.7, COOP 102.7 FM, VOKRadio,Radio Payam, Radio Neda, KIRN 670Am,and Radio Zamaneh, She also participated in TV shows such as Didar, NITV,Andisheh (poyesh) to broadcast about culture, human rights and women’s right. She was a speaker and a presenter in national and international conferences, was part of many educational projects and campaign in advance of human rights and rights of education for all.
Dr. Fallah is the recipient of several awards for her projects and writings, such as:
“Women in diplomacy” recognition, 2018;CSUN Excellence in Academic and Personal Achievement Award, Honor Convocation, 2017;Honor Society Pi Lambda Theta, April 2015; IWD award for serving vulnerable community , March2015; the United Nation Association of USA’s Global Citizen Award ,Los Angeles, September 27th 2012; the Iranian Women Study Foundation (IWSF) Critical Feminist ward” 2012; “Leadership and Human Rights award “in The 4th Annual Sheriff's Show, Honoring Men & Women in Uniform, Community & Business Leaders, April 2012; Recognition and Appreciation Award for outstanding efforts, dedication and leadership to Kurdish Society from Canadian Kurdish Association of Calgary, Kurdistan Alberta Cultural Immigration Society, and Canadian Kurdish Community for Human Rights, 2010; United Nation Association of USA appreciation award for excellent speaker, 2008; Global Women's Rights award, The Feminist Majority Foundation honored the One Million Signatures Campaign, change for equality, 2009; Los Angeles Unified School District, Certificate of Achievement “the everybody Heroes in Education”, 2004.
Fallah has spoken internationally, in person and virtually regarding human rights issues in Sweden, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Canada, England, and many cities in the U.S.
Soraya has been working as a social worker and supervisor in numerous community-based services for more than17 years. She has helped many immigrants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and has served hundreds of individuals through this world. Her own lived experiences as a former refugee has given her insight into the challenges faced by historically disadvantaged communities and moves her to better serve marginalized people. She strives to be an agent of change. In her work capacity, one of her primary duties has been to educate immigrants and help them navigate the various challenges they face as they try to integrate into an entirely new country. Soraya serves elderly immigrates by providing them with mental health and community resources. She provides these services with respect and compassion and prioritizes the dignity and worth of every individual. Dr Soraya is a culturally humble provider with deep sensitivity to linguistic and cultural differences.
Dr. Fallah worked with CSUN’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and is currently an associate at 2Teach,LLC, an educational consulting company dedicated to providing practical, innovative and research-based strategies to improve instruction in today's inclusive classrooms and organizations under leadership of Dr. Wendy Murawski.
Soraya combines activism with academia to give voice to underprivileged population, she is a lifelong women and human rights advocate and activist. She is one of the founding members of UNWomen-USNC Greater LA Chapter and she is currently serving as ambassador. She has gained the knowledge and drive for leadership through her life experiences, lifelong dedication to advocacy, and education. She has been a community leader and has helped paved the way for other women to follow their passions. She often focuses on gender empowerment and building on community strengths and resiliency. She is the current Advocacy Chair & co-president of UNASUA-SFV Chapter. She is vice president of Kurdish Community of Southern California (KCSC) and helps organize community gatherings, mobilizes for urgent human rights actions, and plans culturally enriching events.
Dr. Fallah believes in giving back to society and educational institutes, as such she is a proud board member of CSUN Eisner College of Education Alumni Chapter.
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