Layla Younis
Refugee Program Specialist, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Layla Younis, of Lincoln, NE, work and experience delve into the intersection of education and gender equality in areas of conflict. Currently working as the Refugee Program specialist at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Younis oversees the federal grants that fund refugee resettlement agencies.

Previous to working for the state of Nebraska, Younis taught abroad in Bahrain after receiving a Fulbright-English Teaching Assistant grant. Her love of language and cultural exchange has taken her to various Arab countries, such as Oman and Morocco, to study Arabic intensively.

Younis' family came to the U.S. as refugees in 1993 from the Gulf War. Her experiences as a child of refugees has set the foundation for her work and future aspirations