Sharifa Halimi is currently serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the South Asia Center. She oversees all outreach programming for the center including the Speakers Bureau, partnerships with Community Colleges, Minority Serving Institutions, and K-12 schools in the surrounding Philadelphia area. She manages the Summer Institute, South Asia based programming with the Penn Museum and all public-facing outreach events. She also runs the South Asia Center Summer Research Internships and Pulitzer Fellowship for International Reporting.
Outside of her work with the South Asia Center, she has founded the Afghans of Philadelphia (AOP) organization - one of the first Afghan serving organizations in Philadelphia. Part of her role in outreach includes getting the surrounding community involved in South Asia related concepts and topics while also being able to bring a different perspective to the Philadelphia area. Sharifa hopes to provide opportunities that encourage students to discover a new global perspective and to continue building on strong connections.
Sharifa attended Temple University and recieved her bachelor's of science in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Special Education. She is currently enrolled in the School and Mental Health masters program at the University of Pennsylvania, at the College of Education. Upon graduation, Sharifa hopes to complete her masters and receive her LPC.