Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is pleased to announce that Jamal Adam, MCTC counselor, instructor and Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor, was awarded a 2014 Bush Fellowship by the Bush Foundation. He is one of 24 exceptional leaders from across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native nations to be honored.
Adam is pursuing a doctorate in educational administration and policy and educational psychology at the University of Minnesota. He plans to use the fellowship to research ways that colleges and universities can better serve and engage immigrant and refugee students in a way that improves their prospects for academic success.
“By helping me attain my educational goal, the Bush Fellowship will bring me closer to my dream of playing a leadership role in the efforts to ensure all those who call this region home have an opportunity to access and complete higher education that will make them informed participants of the democratic process and vital contributors to the economic well-being of the region,” wrote Adam in his application.
Originally a refugee from Somalia, Adam has lived in Minneapolis for the past 16 years and has been employed at MCTC for the past 12 years. He started his educational career at MCTC, earning an associate degree in Liberal Arts. In addition, he has bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Adam was a 2009 National Endowment for Humanities Fellow in the “American Immigration Revisited” teaching seminar sponsored by the National History Center; a 2011-2012 Humphrey Policy Fellow at Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar; a 2012 British American Project Fellow and 2012-2013 University of Minnesota DOVE Fellow. Adam serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Recently, MCTC Political Science instructor Lena Jones was awarded a Bush Fellowship. MCTC takes pride in its extraordinarily talented, experienced and knowledgeable employees.