Fatima Dainkeh joined YWBoston as the Racial Justice Senior Coordinator in June 2018. Her role includes working with leaders and members of organizations, schools and the larger community to facilitate dialogues on race, ethnicity, and equity to help raise racial consciousness and understanding, strengthen relationships among diverse groups, and empower action towards racial equity.
Prior to this, Dainkeh worked as a research assistant on a Boston Medical Center study testing the effectiveness of a virtual patient advocate for preconception health for African American women, and helped facilitate discussions and trainings around racial equity at Trinity Boston Foundation. Dainkeh’s pursuit of racial equity has taken the form of leadership roles in Students of Color for Public Health and in the Racial Justice Talking Circle at BUSPH. She is also a Diversity Leadership Scholar, supported by the Maternal & Child Health Center of Excellence, and has twice TAed the course Social Justice and the Health of Populations: Racism and Other Systems of Oppression in America at Boston University School of Public Health.
As a side project, Dainkeh has organized and published a video project amplifying the voices of Black mothers in the greater Boston area, using storytelling to evaluate risk and protective factors, bring awareness to their experiences, and simultaneously encourage empowerment and healing. She is working on creating a web based platform that will continue to share the stories of Black Mothers in Boston and will launch the website in the Fall of 2018.
Fatima Dainkeh received her MPH in Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (CAPDIE) and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health and her B.A. in Religious Studies and Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.