February 29, 2024
As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s our honor and privilege to shine a spotlight on a remarkable individual whose dedication to service, equity, and community empowerment embodies the very essence of this commemorative occasion. Allow us to introduce you to Rabi Yunusa, an extraordinary force for positive change and a cherished member of our global community.
Rabi’s journey is a testament to resilience and compassion, shaped by her experiences growing up in Nigeria and her unwavering dedication to uplifting marginalized communities. Her recent recognition as the recipient of the 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award is a testament to her tireless efforts in addressing community needs and empowering individuals from all walks of life.
She is a close partner to communities both within and outside of UW, described by peers as “a cornerstone of our community, a source of inspiration and strength for all of us.” Her involvement in initiatives like the TAWA Health Foundation in Nigeria, which supports women and girls surviving violence, underscores her constand commitment to advancing health equity and social justice.
Dr. Yunusa’s dedication to service and her profound impact on the West African community, particularly through her collaboration with WAWAC, serves as a testament to her remarkable spirit and commitment to social justice. Dr. Yunusa’s influence extends far beyond the confines of academia, touching the lives of countless individuals through her involvement in various WAWAC programs.
Each quarter, she facilitates the participation of over 30 UW capstone students in initiatives such as the BIDEWW After School Program, weekly food distribution, and media department activities. Her tireless efforts to engage with the community and provide vital support to those in need exemplify her deep-rooted commitment to creating positive change. Furthermore, Dr. Yunusa plays a pivotal role in addressing critical issues such as domestic violence within the West African community. Collaborating with WAWAC, she leads initiatives to regroup victims, listen to their stories, conduct research, and provide essential mental health support and resources.
Through her leadership and advocacy, Dr. Yunusa empowers survivors and works tirelessly to effect meaningful change within our community. It is with great pride and gratitude that we continue our partnership with the School of Public Health Seattle campus under Dr. Yunusa’s dynamic guardianship. Her passion for education and community engagement shines through in every interaction, inspiring students and community members alike to strive for excellence and compassion.
As we delve deeper into Rabi’s story, her passion for service and her belief in the transformative power of community become increasingly apparent. Whether she’s organizing the first Iftar for the Muslim community or mentoring future public health leaders through service-learning capstone projects, Rabi’s impact is felt far and wide.
In celebrating Rabi Yunusa’s journey this Black History Month, let us not only honor her achievements but also reflect on the values of empathy, compassion, and solidarity that she embodies. Through her tireless efforts, Rabi reminds us that each of us has the power to make a difference in the lives of others and to build a more just and equitable world for future generations. Thank you, Rabi, for your unwavering dedication to service and for being a beacon of hope and inspiration to us all. Warm regards,