Rania Ahmed is a current resident of Waconia, Minnesota, working as an emergency department technician at a local nonprofit hospital. She has a received her bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. As an anthropologist, her intuitive connection with other people has granted her the ability to recognize and acknowledge the needs of the communities she serves on a day-to-day basis. During her undergraduate career, she began compiling work on holistic healing methods derived from her native country of Ethiopia.
Rania is a proud Muslim and Oromo community member. As a first-generation American, she is passionate about continuing a healthy legacy that helps community members overcome underlying traumas, and recognizing the importance of passing on the knowledge behind her culture and heritage. She hopes to connect with other first-generation Americans by facilitating more community involvement with Oromo youth, with respect and admiration to the many people who have risked their lives to seek refuge in America. Rania also has an appreciation and interest for artistry and philosophy. She often finds herself reading up on new medical innovations, old philosophical notes, and enjoys wandering through local art exhibits.
On her days off, Rania is typically found in a yoga studio, practicing mindfulness, or paying it forward wherever she can. She enjoys concerts, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends while dining at the newest restaurants around the Twin Cities.