Malak Shalabi among the first to wear a hijab during law school graduation ceremony


IAS alum Malak Shalabi graduated from University of Washington School of Law this June and may be the first to wear a hijab during the graduation ceremony. In this Seattle Times article, Shalabi discusses her path to law school and the discrimination she’s faced – and transcended.

Shalabi graduated from UW Bothell in 2018 with a degree in Law, Economics & Public Policy. As a student, she researched sectarian violence in Syria and the voices of Syrian people in the United States, and was featured in the UW cover story, “Speaking Words of Justice.” This work started as part of Shalabi’s undergraduate research with retired IAS faculty member Bruce Kochis, for which she won a Library Research Award

Photo credit: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times

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