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Omar Bah, GMH Faculty

Omar Bah, Winner of the, 2017 Red Bandana Award; and the 2016 John F. Kiffney Public Service Award from the Providence Newspaper Guild; Omar Bah is the Founder & Executive Director of the Refugee Dream Center based in Providence, in the state of Rhode Island, USA. He is a torture survivor, former journalist and refugee from The Gambia in West Africa. Bah is also a recipient of ‘Rhode Islander of the Year 2015’ award from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine. He represents the state of Rhode Island at the Refugee Congress at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications studies with a minor in political science from the University of Rhode Island; master’s degree in public administration from Roger Williams University, and a master’s in counseling psychology in Global Mental Health from William James College where he is currently final-year doctoral student in Leadership Psychology in the Neuroscience of Psychology track. Bah completed trauma treatment certification at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) in 2012/13, and does trauma based therapy. He teaches Psychology with focus on Global Mental Health alongside Dr. Mollica at William James College. Omar was a 2017 Diversity Fellow at the Sherlock Center on Disabilities; and currently a Psychology Fellow at the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) for the 2018-19 academic year. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative at the Watson Institute For International & Public Affairs of Brown University.

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