Halima Hussein

MSW Intern

P: (503) 284-8000

E: halima.hussein@thebpi.org

Halima is one of Black Parent Initiative’s MSW interns from Portland State University. Halima states, “I am still astonished that I got the amazing opportunity to intern for BPI and get to work with my Black and African communities. Although I have only been with the organization for less than a year, I have already been able to establish meaningful connections with the team and get the chance to explore and be a part of discussions about ways to connect and support families with their needs.” She is currently involved with the Together We Can program, which offers monthly parent group meetings. These direct engagements with the parents have been very insightful. It allows her to recognize the importance of community building in order to understand what sort of resources and support individuals and their families need.


Halima and her family are originally from Somalia; She has always been passionate about working with and for those she shares identities with. She has also experienced some of the challenges faced by many. Halima received her bachelor’s degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies at PSU. She is incredibly passionate about working with children, thus she is working towards becoming a mental health therapist.


When Halima is blessed with some free time, you can sometimes find her cuddled up on my couch binge-watching something on Netflix. She has a huge family, so she spends most of her free time cooking, taking walks, and playing family games.


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