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 May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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