Lift360 is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumn: Reza Jalali (Delta class, 1996) Reza Jalali, recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in


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2017 Distinguished Alumn: Reza Jalali

posted on March 6th, 2017

Lift360 is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumn: Reza Jalali (Delta class, 1996)

Reza Jalali, recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in Making it in America: a sourcebook on eminent ethnic Americans (©2001by Elliott Robert Barkan) and named as one of Maine’s 50 leaders by Maine Magazine in 2016, is a writer, educator, and human rights activist. As a member of Amnesty International USA Board of Directors, Jalali has led delegations to different refugee camps in Turkey and Bosnia. He has participated in numerous United Nations-sponsored international conferences. In 1992, he visited the White House as part of a national delegation to discuss the plight of Kurdish refugees fleeing Iraq. Jalali is one of the contributing writers to Child Labor: A Global View (©2004, Greenwood Press), and The World of Child Labor: An Historical and Regional Survey (©2009, M.E. Sharpe Inc.) Jalali wrote the Foreword to New Mainers (©2009, Tilbury House, Publishers) a book on immigrant’s experiences in Maine. His children’s book, Moon Watchers has received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Book. His collection of short stories, Homesick Mosque and Other Stories was published in 2013. His play, The Poets and the Assassin, which is about women in Iran and Islam, was published in 2015. Jalali has been included in 50 In 52 Journey, a national project to name “Americans who are problem-solvers, idea-generators in their communities, in their cities, and in their States and are moving America forward.” Jalali has received numerous awards including the National Association of Social Workers’ 2006 Citizen of the Year.  

Jalali has taught at the Bangor Theological Seminary and the University of Southern Maine. He has been featured in the National Public Radio’s nationally-acclaimed The Moth Radio Hour. Reza is the co-curator of the Maine Historical Society’s 400 Years of New Mainers exhibition.

Reza manages the Office of USM Multicultural Student Affairs and advises Muslim students at Bowdoin College.

Reza will be honored at Lift360’s upcoming Alumni Recognition Luncheon and Omega Graduation on March 31st at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth from 11:30am – 1:30pm. All Leadership Intensive alumni, colleagues, family, and friends are invited to congratulate both the Omega class and Reza! This luncheon marks the completion of the 24th year of the Leadership Intensive–join us in celebrating 24 successful years of the program and in looking ahead to an exciting year 25. Be sure to register online in advance HERE – tickets are $35 per person and include lunch. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with the Leadership Intensive community and honor Reza for his incredible work and accomplishments!

Lift360 Distinguished Alumni, 2001-2017

2001   Robert Hasson, Jr.
2002   Mark Swann
2003   Lucky Hollander
2004   Nat Tupper
2005   Mike Dubyak
2006   Dr. Bud Higgins
2007   Layne Gregory
2008   Scott Simons
2009   Anne Jackson and Rachel Armstrong

2010   Bruce Kidman and Tom Rumpf
2011   Lisa Letourneau
2012   Meg Baxter
2013   Jeff Jordan

2014   Pious Ali
2015   Craig Lapine
2016   Al Curran
2017   Reza Jalali

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