Meet our 2017 Apprentices

Zubeyda Ahmed

Zubeyda Ahmed is an aspiring global citizen and journalist studying International Studies at the University of Washington Seattle. She has a strong interest in African, Asian and Middle Eastern foreign politics and the interconnections between all regions. She is currently a board member of University of Washington’s Black Student Union, where she is the Chair of Outreach and Recruitment. Her role is to engage with students to recruit new members and make sure that all their concerns are addressed. She is very passionate about global politics, social justice, human rights and equity. In her spare time, you can find her binge-watching Netflix, in a face mask, eating and exploring Seattle! Email:

Gavin Amos-Lopez

Gavin Amos-Lopez came to Seattle by way of Central California. He currently is a part-time Barista and part-time agitator. He enjoys trips to the gas station, cigarillos, reading books he finds on the streets and sowing seeds of working-class dissent. He studies Computer Science and one day hopes selfies will become a form of revolutionary cryptocurrency. Email: 

Robiel Bahta

Robiel Bahta is an aspiring radio broadcaster who has a love for communicating over the air. He’s volunteered with KUGS 89.3 on Western’s campus as a news anchor graduating from the University this last Spring 2017. He is especially interested in communicating important information over the air for the benefit of society. Whether he’d be reporting breaking news, crises or social issues Robiel believes reporting to the general is important. Which is why he chose The Seattle Globalist. Email:

Sumaya Dirie

Sumaya Dirie is a college student at Seattle Central, an aspiring criminal psychologist, and a lover of the arts. Though her parents come from Somalia, Sumaya has been in Seattle her entire life. She looks forward to making a name for herself in the community with all of the amazing opportunities headed her way. Email:

Aaron Jin

Aaron Jin is an emerging media professional and proud social justice worker. With a background in nonprofit arts, Aaron seeks to change the narrative about people marginalized by mainstream media with the people marginalized by mainstream media. He facilitates conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion with theatre-makers in Seattle and around the nation as part of the 2017 national artEquity cohort. Aaron loves writing Facebook statuses and vlogging, and can’t wait to dive into this work with The Seattle Globalist apprentice cohort and team. Email:

Karen Maniraho

Karen Maniraho is a writer and digital media storyteller based in Seattle. Born in Canada and raised in Washington, she believes that diverse storytelling can encourage critical change and thoughtful conversations about our identities and our rights across borders. As the daughter of Burundian immigrants, Karen is deeply interested in amplifying the stories caught in the intersections between migration, culture, and gender within African diaspora communities. She is a proud graduate of the University of Washington. Email:



Want to learn more about the Seattle Globalist Apprenticeship Program? Please, reach out to Education Manager Rezina Habtemariam at with any questions.