Class of 2020
Hometown: Tulkarm, Palestine
Research Interests: State-building, the impact of political economies on conflict resolution, colonialism and religion’s impact on the community and political development in the Arab World
Ruba graduated from An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine with a B.A. in English Language & Literature. Her previous work includes two years as an event coordinator with the USAID Rule of Law Project in Amman, Jordan, where she worked with government officials and community organizations to enhance government transparency. Ruba has also worked as a reporter for UNRWA in Jerusalem, writing about Palestinian refugee issues and contributing to advocacy campaigns, and as a volunteer program coordinator for Tomorrow’s Youth Organization in Nablus, designing and leading youth empowerment programs for 60 young people each semester. In 2017, Ruba was selected as a young leader by the U.S. Department of State’s Community Solutions program. Through this program, she partnered with the Sunlight Foundation to study the impact of the Israeli occupation on political development in the Palestinian Authority. After the program, Ruba established ‘The First Open City in Palestine’ project. Ruba’s participation in the Arab League Youth Summit as well as the Youth Peace Initiative for Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Resolution in the Netherlands shaped her interest in Arab unity and the impact of foreign aid on development and conflict resolution.
- A scar on a child’s dreams. UNRWA website. August 14, 2015.
- The desert and its people: Building Bedouin resilience. UNRWA website. May 13, 2015.
- Community cooperation cleaning up Shu’fat camp. UNRWA website. April 29, 2015.
- Volunteers Today, Future Professionals Tomorrow: How TYO Empowers Youth for Careers. Tomorrow’s Youth Organization. February 11, 2014.
- Unlocking the door to employment opportunity. Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, April 1, 2014.
- More than Just a Diploma and a Job: Education for Girls. Tomorrow’s Youth Organization. June 9, 2013.