Mahasin Jullanar Abuwi Aleem


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Virginia Tucker: Congratulations, Mahasin! Wishing you all the best!

Debbie Faires: Mahasin--congratulations! It was fantastic to work when you were a peer mentor. I hope to come to the library in Oakland and meet you one day.

Hadiya Evans: Congrats! Cheers to being done! I hope to see you around in library land.

Rebekah Randle: Congrats!

Cyndi Park: Congrats Mahasin! I enjoyed being a peer mentor with you. I wish you all the best as you begin your career. :)

Ramon Calhoun: Congratulations Mahasin. I wish you the best of luck as a librarian at OPL. I'll have to come visit one of these days.

Mahasin Jullanar Abuwi Aleem

The degree of

Master of Library and Information Science

Virtual Convocation


Current residence: Oakland, CA, US

I wanted to earn a masters degree because:

I feel a tremendous debt to my ancestors who were forbidden the right to an education. I wanted to honor their struggles. I always knew that a bachelor's degree wasn't the end of my formal education. I am glad that I decided to get my MLIS and become a public children's librarian.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:

my husband, Harith; my three children, Aadam, Isa, and Aasiya; my father, Omar; and my uncle Bill. <br /> <br /> My mother didn't live to see me enter graduate school, but she always believed in me and I carried her confidence in me along the way. <br /> My many wonderful coworkers at the Oakland Public Library gave me valuable advice and were great resources for many assignments! <br /> <br /> I am also indebted to many supportive friends. Precious, Shahidah, Khaliya, Maureen, and Janie, I could not have done this without you! <br /> <br /> I had some really wonderful professors who very encouraging, especially Penny Peck, Tiffany Curtin, Shelly Buchanan, Virginia Tucker, Debbie Faires, Cindy Runnels, and Debbie Hansen. Thank you!

While in the program, I met classmates from:

other parts of California and from across the United States.

What I liked best about online learning was:

the flexibility!

What I enjoyed most about my experience at the SJSU School of Information was:

my experience as a peer mentor with Debbie Faires and Cindy Runnels. They are so very supportive and encouraging. I found my tribe of fellow students through that experience. I also enjoyed pursing independent historical research on the history of African American librarians under the gudiance of Debbie Hansen. While the eportfolio experience was exhausting and stressful, I was so proud of myself and glad for the process at the end of it!

I plan to use my degree to:

promote resources to families and youth and to be an advocate for all members of the community that I serve, especially the historically marginalized.

Now that I have completed the program, I'm most looking forward to:

not being on the computer so much! I also look forward to sleeping more and spending more time on the weekends with my family.