Reza Jalali, of Falmouth, is the coordinator of
Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine in
Portland. Jalali, a Kurd from Iran, is a human rights and refugee
activist who has lived in Maine since 1985. He teaches Islam at the
Bangor Theological Seminary and is the Muslim chaplain at Bates College.
He was prominently recognized in Making it in America: a sourcebook on eminent ethnic Americans.
As a member of the Amnesty International USA Board of Directors,
Jalali led delegations to refugee camps in Turkey and Bosnia and has
participated in UN-sponsored international conferences in Korea, Japan,
and Austria. Jalali wrote the foreword to New Mainers, a book on immigrants' experiences in Maine.
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