Rukiya (Ru-Key-Yah) Mohamed is a Somali Black Muslim educator, researcher and consultant. She has a BA in Second Language Teaching and Linguistics, a BEd and a MEd in Social Justice Education. She is currently the Coordinator for the first K-12 Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement in North America at the Toronto District School Board. Rukiya is pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto within the Social Justice Education department. She is a sessional instructor within the Curriculum Teaching and Learning department and a researcher at the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies.
Rukiya is currently examining the intersections of anti-Muslim racism and anti-Blackness. Her research interests include highlighting the conditions that support the pedagogy and practice of educating Black Muslim youth along with cultivating environments that reflect the possibilities of Black Muslim empowerment through identities of consciousness and resistance. Rukiya hopes to spotlight opportunities for authentic relationship building that affirm the intersectional and nuanced identities of Black Muslim individuals. Rukiya is also passionate about the processes and conditions that support students construct an identity of resistance as they reimagine the socio-cultural purpose of education in school environments.
Rukiya provides leadership and professional training to build capacity in racial equity literacy, social justice, anti-oppression, anti-Muslim racism, and anti-Black racism within various institutions. She enjoys developing programming and resources to cultivate conditions for responsive and inclusive learning environments.
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