DHAQAN AND DEBATE

Dhaqan and Debate is a civic engagement program created by Zakariya Abdullahi.


Dhaqan and Debate is designed for Somali students in high school to help restore their sense of agency and self-empowerment, and bridge the deficit in knowledge about the systems and politics that affect them, through a debate-centered civic engagement program. 

The first ever Dhaqan and Debate, 2020, program was made possible by the generosity of the Phillips family for their donation to the Minnesota Private College Fund (MPCF) and Professor Robert Groven for his consultation. 

 
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PROGRAM GOALS

Cultural Capital

  • Normalize College Culture  

  • Professional Networking (normalizing professional relations w/ individuals)

  • Taking initiative, advocating for yourself and seeking out support systems

Civic Engagement  

  • How to be change-makers 

  • Local Politics (applied politics) 

  • Public Achievement 

Argumentation and Advocacy Skills 

  • Oral Skills (the ability to craft and articulate a coherent argument in a public setting to an audience)

  • The ability to research, analyze data, and other forms of evidence relevant to support their argument. 

  • Critically analyze, interpret, and articulate arguments through the ability of sound principles of reasoning (valid logic). 

 

MEET THE PROGRAM FOUNDER

Zakariya Abdulahi

Zakariya is a first year Master’s student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is passionate about international education development and using education as a tool in post-conflict peace building. He believes that international and local development are tied and that what we do in Minnesota is relevant in cities around the world. He is a former Policy Debater and a Debate Coach with the Minnesota Urban Debate League and Roseville Area High School Debate team. 


He has a B.A in Political Science and International Relations. His passion for politics has taken him to political campaigns, congressional offices, lobbying, non-profits, and more. Through these experiences, he has learned the impact of politics and hopes to teach others through a debate centered approach.

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DHAQAN AND DEBATE IN THE NEWS 

 

DHAQAN & DEBATE: CREATED BY AND FOR POWERFUL SOMALI YOUTH

September 2, 2020

DHAQAN AND DEBATE WITH THE URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE

September 4, 2020

HIIRAAN COVERAGE

September 8, 2020

DHAQAN AND DEBATE FOUNDER; A MINN FELLOW

October 24, 2021

CONTACT ME

Any questions or concerns? feel free to reach me at: 

E: zakariyaabdullahi@gmail.com