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Najwa Yasmeen

Deputy Director

ABEN: A Black Education Network


Syracuse, New York

Najwa Yasmeen

A Bit About Me

It is essential to support educators and families as they facilitate the learning of Black students. In providing this support, we encourage students to see themselves in the education space, pursue their passions, and further indicate the importance of the village. This is most important to me.


One of my favorite authors is my ancestor Octavia E. Butler. I enjoy how her work encourages reflection on the past to move into the future. 


Najwa Yasmeen, MA, is a coach, educator, connector, and forever learner who focuses her work on supporting professionals and uplifting the Black community. Through her business, Words & Action, LLC, she supports women professionals who’re unfulfilled to create the lives they want through coaching and book-based learning opportunities. As the Deputy Director at ABEN: A Black Education Network, Najwa supports the advancement of African-centered learning and teaching by collaborating on many projects, from website building to creating sustainable protocols and processes. Najwa’s love of education and connection also encouraged her to join the inaugural Stanford University Graduate School of Education Alumni Board, on which she continues to sit. Most importantly, Najwa is excited about supporting her community, exploring the world around her, and delving into as many books as possible. Feel free to ask about her current reads.

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