Umra Omar is the OSIEA Health and Rights Program assistant. With more than five years of experience in research, cross cultural communication, and program management, Omar joins OSIEA from the American Psychological Association office on AIDS in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a special projects coordinator as well as a primary liaison between the office and International partners in Africa, implementing the President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Omar has a strong passion for the use of media and public forums to advocate for social justice. She has worked with CBS News in Washington, D.C.; hosted a radio talk show in Brattleboro, Vermont; and presented at the “AIDS-Related Violence and Discrimination against Girls,” 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, in New York City.
She holds a BA in neuroscience/psychology from Oberlin College and an MA in social justice in intercultural relations from the School for International Training, Vermont. She also studied at the University of Buenos Aires.