Makkah Ali

Guest Blogger

Public Policy Mediator

Chicago, Illinois

Makkah is a public policy mediator with experience in facilitation, consensus building, designing collaborative processes and nurturing more diverse and inclusive spaces. Her substantive expertise covers a range of topics including education policy, nutrition and public health, ocean and coastal policy and community resilience.

Makkah holds a bachelor of arts degree in peace and justice studies from Wellesley College and a master of science degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015

3 Millennials Have A Conversation About This American Life’s Desegregation Episodes

By now, I’m sure you’ve either a) listened to the much-talked about This American Life two-part series on school integration…

By Makkah Ali, Ikhlas Saleem, Liz Riggs

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Posted Jan. 25, 2021

Are We Going to Let ‘Nice White Parents’ Kill Black and Brown Families?

A new COVID-19 strain is more contagious than ever. The Trump administration’s sheer neglect in the face of this deadly pandemic is enraging. Federal inaction…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

I Don’t Know if Biden Can Heal This Nation, But a House Divided Cannot Stand

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Jan. 13, 2021

As Grown-Ups Argue Over Reopening Schools, Chicago’s Kids Lose

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

By Rob Samuelson

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