Dr. Soraya Fallah is a graduate scholar from California State University Northridge (CSUN). She studied Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She holds Master’s degree in International Relations and Law. She is a recipient of numerous awards for her projects and writings.
Soraya is a lifelong women and human rights advocate and researcher. She is the former co-president of UNASUA-SFV chapter and current UNAUSA chapter advocacy chair. She is also part of funding member and current ambassador of USNC for UNWomen Greater LA chapter with mission of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She has often been a leader in the community and has helped pave the way for other women to follow their passions. She often focuses on women, their strength and put them on perspective.
Soraya serves the Los Angeles community by helping elderly immigrates by providing them with mental health and community resources. She provides this very volatile population with the respect and compassion they deserve. She is patiently and passionately works to get their needs met.
During past years Soraya worked tirelessly on researching about immigrant families of children with disabilities. As such she is familiar with the treatment of individuals with disabilities in education and issues around educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, both professionally and personally. Fallah’s research “Giving Voice to an Invisible Population” is on the Middle East, North African and South West Asian population was featured as a groundbreaking research on students with disabilities that should benefit students across the world and was chosen for the 31st Annual CSU statewide Research Competition. Dr. Fallah worked with CSUN’s “Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)” and currently is a full time social worker in community based services in LA.
Some of the highlights of her activism are being member of Coordinating Committee and delegate for Middle Eastern Conference 2013, having organized and chaired the first international conference for women in post-Saddam Iraq. She also represented the first Iranian and Iraqi Kurdish women caucus in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2008. Her articles in English, Farsi, and Kurdish are regularly published in several international media outlets and magazines. She is a regular commentator on radio broadcasts such as Voice of America, KPFK 92.7, COOP 102.7 FM, VOKRadio,Radio Payam,Radio Neda,KIRN 670Am,and Radio Zamaneh. She also participated in TV shows such as Didar, NITV,Andisheh(poyesh) to broadcast about culture, human rights and women’s right.
Dr. Fallah is known for her humbleness, networking, hardworking, and sense of empathy. She is the recipient of several awards for her projects and writings, such as:
“Women in diplomacy” recognition, 2018;CSUN Excellence in Academic and Personal Achievement Award, Honor Convocation, 2017;Honor Society Pi Lambda Theta, April 2015; IWD award for serving vulnerable community , March2015; the United Nation Association of USA’s Global Citizen Award ,Los Angeles, September 27th 2012; the Iranian Women Study Foundation (IWSF) Critical Feminist ward” 2012; “Leadership and Human Rights award “in The 4th Annual Sheriff’s Show, Honoring Men & Women in Uniform, Community & Business Leaders, April 2012; Recognition and Appreciation Award for outstanding efforts, dedication and leadership to Kurdish Society from Canadian Kurdish Association of Calgary, Kurdistan Alberta Cultural Immigration Society, and Canadian Kurdish Community for Human Rights, 2010; United Nation Association of USA appreciation award for excellent speaker, 2008; Global Women’s Rights award, The Feminist Majority Foundation honored the One Million Signatures Campaign, change for equality, 2009; Los Angeles Unified School District, Certificate of Achievement “the everybody Heroes in Education”, 2004. Fallah has spoken internationally, in person and virtually regarding human rights issues in Sweden, Turkey, Iraq, Germany, Canada, England, and many cities in the U.S.
Dr. Fallah is a published author of books, journals, and other professional works, and she has served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on behalf of literature reviews. Her articles in English, Farsi and Kurdish are regularly published in several international media outlets and magazines.