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WGGP Alumni Lecture: Dr. Raiza Kolia "Walk in her Shoes: War-bounded Syrian refugee women and their gender roles transformation"

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Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
306 Coble Hall, 801 S Wright St
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Apr 3, 2024   12:00 pm  
Dr. Raiza Kolia
Free and open to the public
Anita Kaiser
Originating Calendar
Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

April 3rd 12pm

WGGP Alumni Lecture: Dr. Raiza Kolia

Title: Walk in her Shoes: War-bounded Syrian refugee women and their gender roles transformation

306 Coble Hall and via Zoom

Lunch provided with RSVP

Dr. Raiza Kolia is a senior-level healthcare industry leader with 25+ years of experience as a hospital administrator/executive and healthcare consultant, focused on health systems operations efficiency and strategy, including access, quality of care, value-based care, and performance improvement. 

Raiza was born in South Africa, where she completed her studies through her Master’s degree and then went to the US to complete her Ph.D. and MBA. Her Ph.D. degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIC) in Social Work and International Development Policy. Her MBA from the Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh is in Finance and Organizational Development. She also holds a Certification in Change Management from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

She serves as a Mental Health Consultant, advising on international mental health programs. Raiza is a trained and licensed Social Worker and therapist in the USA and South Africa, experienced in working with disenfranchised individuals, families, and communities. She has done community organizing and development, program development and management, as well as therapeutic individual and group counseling in South Africa, USA, Lebanon, Kurdistan, and Jordan. 



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