M State student Hukun Abdullahi has been awarded a Fargo Human Relations Award for his work building bridges between the Fargo Moorhead business community and New Americans in the area.
Abdullahi received the award Jan. 16 during the Fargo Human Relations Commission’s annual celebration honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the area of human relations in the FM community.
Abdullahi is the director of the non-profit Afro American Development Association and a student in the Human Resources program on M State’s Moorhead campus. He is also earning his Associate of Arts degree.
Through its work with the Moorhead Business Association, Abdullahi’s organization helped establish the New American Job Fair, which helps connect Fargo Moorhead employers with New American job-seekers. The organization works to help New Americans overcome both language and technology barriers they can encounter in their job searches.
In announcing the award, the Fargo Human Relations Commission said Abdullahi is “actively involved in making a different in the lives of hundreds of New Americans who have resettled in Fargo and Moorhead. He actively engages in activities that promote diversity, acceptance and solidarity. He collaborates tirelessly with other organizations to ensure New Americans’ access to human rights and dignity.”
Watch a video about Abdullahi’s work and the Afro American Development Association here.