Isatou Jallow, LL.M. ’17, was named to the Husky 100, a UW program honoring outstanding students who demonstrate a discovery mindset, commitment to inclusive community and capacity for leadership.

An asylee from The Gambia, Jallow received a bachelor of law from Jamiât Mohammed Al-Khâmiss Rabat in Morocco and is now pursuing an LL.M. degree at UW in Sustainable International Development Law. Her drive to fight for the rights of women, the disabled and the most vulnerable led her to pursue law.

“As a black Muslim immigrant woman who went through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), who suffered discrimination due to a disability and who was homeless for over three years, I am happy to receive an education in an inclusive institution which has allowed me to serve others in similar situations,” said Jallow.

Jallow’s commitment to public service and leadership can be witnessed through her service as a commissioner for the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Committee and as a member of the Equity and Diversity Committee at Harborview Medical

She received a Public Interest Law Association grant to work with immigrants and women facing gender-based violence as a legal intern with the YWCA’s Sexual Violence Legal Services. She has also volunteered her time with Somali Maternity Services and the Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project.

Jennifer Lenga-Long, associate director of the Sustainable International Development program, describes Jallow as a “fierce advocate for people with disabilities, immigrants and survivors of FGM and gender-based violence.”

“Through her struggles, she has spoken out and helped others,” said Lenga-Long. “She has emerged as a force for positive change and an advocate with passion and depth.”

The Husky 100, now in its second year, honors outstanding students on all three University of Washington campuses actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. This year’s cohort was selected from more than 1,600 nominations.

While they all have vastly different backgrounds and experiences, the one thing they share is that they all embody the Husky Experience, said Provost Gerald Baldasty in a message to UW faculty, staff and students. “We know that learning takes place in the classroom and the lab,” said Baldasty. “But learning also happens through volunteer work, student clubs, internships, study abroad, leadership programs and jobs.”