Maha Mehanna, one of our inspiring Daughters for Life alumni, graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) last year with a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship. As a Palestinian woman, selecting such majors reflects her willingness and aspiration to work towards helping her community, which is afflicted with political turmoil. Currently, Maha is a full-time student at EMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia, pursuing a second Master’s in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) and a second Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice (RJ). As expected, Maha is a model student with A-standard grades; she has always shown great dedication to education. She hopes her educational excellence represents her as a DFL scholar and as a Palestinian from Gaza. Maha was among those celebrated during the EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) virtual graduation for students graduating this year. She hopes to further her success by acquiring the Optional Practicum Training and pursing authorized employment in the United States. Impressively, she has already finished one practicum training at the Fair Field Center, which focuses on mediation and conflict resolution training; and she has presented her capstone, which had one of the EMU’s biggest attendance records ever.

Maha is currently completing both the MAOL and the RJ Graduate Certificate programs at EMU and will officially graduate in August. Because of her high academic achievements, EMU has awarded her a 50% tuition scholarship. We wish Maha the best of luck in her future endeavors!