Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14, President Pribbenow speak with Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star TribuneIbrahim Al-Hajiby ’14, an international student and alumnus of Augsburg College, discussed his advocacy for his home country of Yemen in a recent Star Tribune article.

In the story, Al-Hajiby discussed his “mission to upgrade the image of Yemen, which is synonymous with terrorism and political upheaval in some Western minds.” According to the article, which also quoted President Paul Pribbenow, “Al-Hajiby instead plays up the country’s ancient culture and a young generation yearning for democracy.”

Read, “Augsburg honors student who shows there’s more to Yemen than terrorism,” on the Star Tribune website, or hear Al-Hajiby speak about Yemen and his activism in a recent Public Radio International story.

Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14 discusses activism with PRI

2eda4c6Ibrahim Al-Hajiby ’14 was featured by Public Radio International, a global nonprofit media company, and discussed social activism and his role in raising awareness of the condition of his homeland, Yemen.

Al-Hajiby, who came to Minnesota in 2007 as a high school exchange student, found himself drawn back to the state to attend college.

After hearing about protests in Yemen’s capital to overthrow dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, Al-Hajiby organized his own 24-hour protest on the Augsburg campus.

“I felt like I was disconnected from historymaking, so I wanted to do something here in the United States, especially in my college,” Al-Hajiby said.

Today, Al-Hajiby keeps a close watch on what’s happening in Yemen which made him a good source for context on the conflict, prompting the PRI interview.

Read “A Yemeni watches from afar-again-as his country erupts in chaos” on the PRI news site.

Al-Hajiby’s comments also aired through media outlets including:

New Day student body president sworn in

studentbodypresOutgoing Day Student Body President Houa Lor [right] did the swearing in for new Day Student body President Patrick DuSchane [center] and new Day Student Body Vice President AuBrianna Weatherspoon [left]. Thanks to Houa and outgoing Vice President Erik Grindal.

Congratulations toAugsburg’s new 2012-2013 Day Student Government.

President: Patrick DuSchane

Vice President: AuBrianna Weatherspoon

Senior Class President: Daniela Bonilla Continue reading “New Day student body president sworn in”

Standing for human rights

humanrightsBy Wendi Wheeler ’06

People passing through the Augsburg Quad today may see a group of students holding glittery peace signs with the message “Auggies Care: No More War.” These Auggies are with Ibrahim Al-Hajiby, a first-year student who is literally taking a stand for human rights.

Al-Hajiby came to Augsburg last spring to study international relations, but his thoughts are often with friends and family in Yemen. “In my country, all over the world, and even on Wall Street, young people are being arrested, humiliated, and sometimes killed for protesting for their rights,” he said. He organized this 24-hour peaceful protest as a way to show solidarity with youth around the world, especially his friends who have been killed or injured while protesting. Continue reading “Standing for human rights”