Yathrip Abdelgadir and her family moved to the U.S. from Sudan in 2000 and have lived in Greensboro for the past 21 years. Yathrip completed her undergraduate degree at UNCG, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and political science with a concentration in global politics.
After graduating, she joined AmeriCorps VISTA with the Forsyth County Department of Community & Economic Development as a Micro-Enterprise IDA Program Coordinator. Through this position, Yathrip learned about socioeconomic inequalities which led to her current role as an employment specialist at Church World Service Greensboro to further her understanding of social inequalities and how they affect underrepresented communities, such as the refugee and immigrant communities that she belongs to.
In her role as employment specialist, Yathrip works with the employment team at CWSG to help refugees find employment in the area in an effort to help them reach self-sufficiency. Yathrip is also a graduate student in the sociology department at UNCG. Her research interests lie mainly in the Sudanese community in North Carolina and their responses to the Sudanese Revolution of 2018-2019, migration, refugees, and socioeconomic issues.
Yathrip is motivated by her parents and the sacrifices that they made to build a life for her and her siblings in the U.S., and she uses this to drive her to work hard to make her parents proud, while also giving back to the city and the Sudanese community that she has called home for the past 21 years.