From the halls of the Philadelphia High School for Girls to Yale University and Harvard Law School, Raheemah F. Abdulaleem, associate in Ballard Spahr's Labor, Employment & Immigration Group has been steadfastly committed to promoting the understanding and acceptance of diversity.She progressed further along this path with her recent participation in the two-day conference, Diversity Dialogues - Sharing Ideas, Building Bridges: A Dutch-U.S. Muslim Dialogue.
This international program was an invitation-only event co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. The conference, which was held on November 1 and 2 in the Netherlands, brought together more than 70 Dutch and American Muslims who held candid discussions focused on identity, civic participation, media portrayal, youth development, women's issues and economic opportunity.
Ms. Abdulaleem noted that her role at Ballard Spahr gave her an interesting perspective from which to participate in the dialogue. 'My experience as a labor, employment and immigration attorney at Ballard Spahr gave me a unique viewpoint as a legal professional who is both a Muslim and a lawyer,' she said. 'My faith informs my daily life, which is true for many of the program's participants. My legal knowledge allowed me to share how the United States has established anti-discrimination laws to prevent bias in education, employment, housing and other facets of American life.'