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The Co-Founder and President of ALPA Receives Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution to an Inclusive Community

May 8, 2024, Washington D.C., Dr. Bashir Mobasher was recently awarded the College Dean's Award for Outstanding Contributions to an Inclusive Community from Linda Aldooory, Dean of the American University College of Arts and Sciences. This recognition celebrates his exceptional work in reviving ALPA(in Exile) and launching the ALPA Online Academy.

The Academy offers a transformative learning experience for thousands of Afghan women and girls by providing online courses in English, Farsi, and Pashto. Led by a diverse team of highly qualified instructors, these classes cover a wide range of disciplines, including law, political science, sociology, mental health, business, arts, and journalism. Established in spring 2024, the Academy has solidified ALPA's position as a beacon of learning for Afghan women.

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences honors faculty and staff for their contributions through awards like the College Dean's Award for Outstanding Contributions to an Inclusive Community, College Dean’s Award for Exceptional Innovation, and College Dean's Award for Outstanding Staff.

Acknowledging the invaluable support and commitment of numerous volunteer faculty, staff, and mentors, Dr. Mobasher views the award as a tribute to their collective effort and a recognition of the unwavering dedication to education shown by resilient Afghan women and girls despite significant challenges and limited career prospects.

Beyond his work with ALPA, within two years of his fellowship at the American University, he has published over ten impactful studies, including his recent book, "Constitutional Law and the Politics of Ethnic Accommodation," and a co-authored (with Dr. Haroun Rahimi) book chapter, "Divided Legal Systems," in Cambridge Handbook of Comparative Law.

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