Basima Sisemore

Basima Sisemore is a researcher for the Global Justice Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute.


 Her areas of research include Islamophobia, UN human rights mechanisms, and global forced migration. Before joining the Othering & Belonging Institute, Basima was a Senior Program Specialist for the Mendocino County Public Health Department and worked with Arab community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Basima was a Fulbright Research Fellow to Amman, Jordan.

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A case study: Palestine-Israel and bridging across power differences
Israel-Palestine has long been referred to as the center of the world's most intractable conflict, but is it? The case study of Palestine-Israel human rights organizing allows us to consider real world challenges of bridging: How do you bridge for the greater good when there are serious power imbalances between groups or individuals, or when you're up against overwhelming narratives that promote endless conflict? In the work for structures that include all people, what can you gain and what can you lose by bridging?
Learning Lab: Pathways from the Climate Crisis to Justice and Belonging

with live Spanish translation

Join us for this deep look at the climate crisis and how we can amplify imaginative solutions built not on leaving people behind, but on bringing everyone in. Organizers and strategists will discuss how we co-create structures that strengthen our connection to place, ensure thriving ecological systems and health, equitably distribute power, and value the dignity of all work