Friends of Utah: Raghda Abo-Seif

Ms. Raghda Abo-Seif of Egypt visited Utah with Advancing and Sustaining Civic Engagement, a program of professionals that explored U.S. and international initiatives to promote civic engagement.

Raghda Abo-Seif is the International Relations Manager at the Human Rights Association for Community Development in Assiut. She prepares and writes the reports concerning Egypt for the UN, participated in the UN’s Universal Periodic Review concerning Egypt for the year 2014, and contributes to the UN’s Economic and Social Council in a consultative capacity. Ms. Abo-Seif is also a representative to the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures.

Civic Engagement September 2017 Raghda at University of Utah Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Ms. Raghda Abo-Seif at the University of Utah

Raghda shared with UCCD how thoroughly she enjoyed her time in Utah and the impact it had on her both professionally and personally. "My visit to Utah was the best, I can’t stress enough on how these were [some] of the best and most important days I’ve ever experienced in my life."  Not only does she feel greater self-confidence, but that she has a broader cultural understanding. "I learned from the faith based roundtable how people from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs can gather in peace and understanding."

Civic Engagement September 2017 Raghda in Park City Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Raghda enjoying the snow in Park City

UCCD echoes Raghda’s insights as we aim to promote respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations, “one handshake at a time.” We wish Ms. Abo-Seif the best in her continued actions to promote civic engagement within Egypt.