Ruwa, a millennial optimist, is constantly surprised by the abundance of successes. She focuses on the positive, being willing to join gatherings that are focused on unity the positive, but avoiding those that are “anti”; she works to dismantle judgments, both her own and those of other people; and as a young Muslim woman, she has committed her life to building relationships and breaking down barriers of injustice and misunderstanding. Her attitude has much to teach us about how we could live our lives in a more positive, open, and altogether happier way.
Lessons from the Show
Ruwa talked to us about her life and career choices and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Work to break down our instinctive judgments by noticing them and asking ourselves, “Why did I think that?”;
- Work on building relationships wherever you spend time: begin by simply saying “good morning” and not asking “why do you wear a headscarf?”; even these simple relationships allow us to explore together when something does happen; remember that people who have good relationships at work are happier;
- It’s okay being uncomfortable at first.
About Ruwa Romman
Ruwa Romman was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to the United States at the age of 8. For the past 10 years, she has spent her time in Georgia engaging in interfaith and service work with organizations like the Islamic Speakers Bureau as a speaker and as President of Student Government and COEXIST Oglethorpe. Ruwa graduated Cum Laude, after completing an honors thesis, with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oglethorpe University in 2015. She is passionate about politics, civic engagement, and interfaith dialogue and hopes to empower as many people as possible to become more civically engaged. She currently serves as Communications Director for the Council on American Islamic Relations Georgia Chapter (CAIR Georgia) and Field Organizer for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project.
You can contact Ruwa by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media at @stormyruru and you can find out more about her business at CAIR.com.
This is episode # 165