Sara Veltkamp is an Operations Intern at CAIR-WA, where she works on major event planning and assists with office management tasks. She has recently returned to Seattle from Damascus, Syria after 3 years of living abroad.
While overseas, she earned an MA with distinction in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
She also spent two years living and working in Damascus, Syria, where she developed her Arabic language skills and volunteered for local Syrian non-governmental organizations, before leaving the country in May 2011 due to political unrest. Prior to living abroad, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in Seattle, earning a BA in linguistics, having studied Arabic, Thai, and American Sign Language.
While Sara studied “Development” she believes that using the common terminology “developed” and “developing” nations is a poor means of classifying countries. Despite the US’s economic status, it is still in need of various forms of social development. Sara is particularly interested in eliminating discrimination against minorities. Given her experience in the Middle East, she is also dedicated to changing negative perceptions of Islam in America, which is why she became interested in working with CAIR-WA.
In addition to her academic and social interests, she loves all things outdoors, including hiking, rock-climbing, and snowboarding, and she is an avid reader who is always looking for good book recommendations.