As more than a dozen wildfires burned through large swaths of land in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Yuba counties, many of SSU students have been doing their part to help their communities. Among them, EE graduate student Mohammed Ibrahim is definitely noteworthy. Mohammed, who is originally from Iraq, identifies himself as an international humanitarian student and a Red Cross disaster worker. For the past two weeks Mohammed has been helping people in the Veteran Memorial building shelter at Santa Rosa where evacuees could get hot food, water, emotional support, the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and get information.
"I went to the shelter to answer my call to service! I worked there for about 12 to 15 hours a day for more than 12 days ... over the past several days I have listened to so many horrific stories of what it was like to witness burning homes; the sadness truly overwhelms you," recalls Mohammed. "I also saw how the stress of disaster can bring people together. I was just amazed how everybody in this community was willing and ready to help," Mohammed added. Please join us to recognize Mohammed's service to our community. We are proud to have him as our student!