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Alaydi Wins Conference Prize with Paper on Palestinian Women Refugees

April 16, 2015

Dr. Rolla Alaydi won the Walter G. Craddock Prize for research on Palestinian women refugees

Dr. Rolla Alaydi won the Walter G. Craddock Prize for research on Palestinian women refugees

Dr. Rolla Alaydi, Lecturer of Arabic at UTSA, won the Walter G. Craddock Prize for best paper presentation for her research on Palestinian women refugees at the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) Conference in Denver, Colorado this month.

Alaydi’s research explores the perceptions of Palestinian women in the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip and the relationship between their education and their social and economic status in the society. She examines how education is shifting the status quo of gender roles among Palestinian refugees.

Her findings indicate that the increased social and financial mobility will inevitably lead to cultural, economic, and eventually political changes.

SSSA is an academic and professional organization that promotes collaboration in the social sciences in the areas of economics, history, international studies, political science, social work, sociology, and women’s and gender studies.  It holds annual meetings and publishes a quarterly journal.

Alaydi has taught Arabic classes at UTSA since 2009.  She holds a PhD from the University of the Incarnate Word.  She has also worked as an English-Arabic interpreter.  She emigrated to the United States from Palestine in 2001.

 

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