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.
Normalize College Culture
Professional Networking (normalizing professional relations w/ individuals)
Taking initiative, advocating for yourself and seeking out support systems
How to be change-makers
Local Politics (applied politics)
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 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.