Dr. Fariyal Ross-Sheriff
Presented at Salisbury University:
of Women in Exile and Repatriation" - delivered April 28,
Fariyal Ross-Sheriff is a graduate professor and the Director of
the PhD degree Program in Social Work at Howard University.
Her area of specialization is displaced populations. These
populations include two major groups - internationally:
refugees, immigrants and undocumented migrants, and within the
U.S. her focus is on the homeless and disaster victims.
Within displaced populations Dr. Ross-Sheriff's work emphasizes
women, children and the elderly. With Dr. R.A.
English, she has developed the Master of Social Work degree
level specialization in Social Work with Displaced Populations.
She has taught in this specialization are for sixteen years.
Ross-Sheriff has worked extensively with Muslim refugees in
Pakistan to examine the challenges facing refugees and service
provides, and in Afghanistan to facilitate the repatriation and
resettlement of refugees. In additioin, she has conducted
research on the role of women in the repatriation process.
She has conducted training for service providers and made
several presentations at professional conferences on refugee
issues in contries of first asylum and different aspects of
adaptation of refugees and immigrants to the United States.
She serves as a member on the editorial boards of Social
Thought, Affilia, Journal of immigrant and Refugee Services,
and Social Development Issues.
he many publications she co-edited two books: Mental Health
and People of Color: Curriculum Development and Change,
Howard University Press, 1983, Social Work Practice with
Asian Americans, Sage Publications, Inc. 1992, and
co-authored monographs entitled Muslim Refugees in the United
States: A Guide for Service Providers and Al-Ummah: a
handbook for the development of Muslim Identify for North
American Muslim Youth, and sole authored research papers on
adaptation of Muslim women to American society.