Aissetu Ibrahima
Associate Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Courses Taught
SWK 401 – Oppression, Decolonization and Equity in Social Work
SWK 402 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SWK 404 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SWK 415 – Foundation Field Practicum I
SWK 416 – Foundation Field Practicum II
SWK 432 – Family Centered Policy
SWK 443 – Social Justice, Mobilization and Change
SWK 450 – African Studies Institute
SWK 470 – Practice with Immigrants and Refugees
SWK 472 - Trauma Treatment with Children and Families
SWK 491 – Advanced Research I
SWK 495 – Advanced Field Practicum I
SWK 492 – Advanced Research II
SWK 496 – Advanced Field Practicum II
PSCI 465 – Seminar in African Politics – Introduction to Genocide and Human Rights Studies in Africa and the Diaspora
Research Interests
Indigenous social work; community health; health disparities; maternal health; genocide and human rights

Ph.D., Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

M.S., Social Work, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

B.A., Sociology and Social Administration, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Selected Publications

Ntihirageza, J., & Ibrahima, A. (2022). Education and Epistemicide in Africa: Towards an Ubuntu-Based Comprehensive Model of Education. In the Handbook of Research on Protecting and Managing Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems (pp. 275-293). IGI Global.

Ibrahima, A. B., & Kelly, B. L. (2021). Indigenous methods and knowledge: Maternal health policy and practice in Ethiopia, Africa. International Social Work, 00208728211008961.

Ibrahima, A. B. (2021). Exploring Maternal Health in Ethiopia Using Indigenous Approaches: Policy and Practice Implications. Research on Social Work Practice.

Ibrahima, A. B. (2020). Using Indigenous Approaches as a Bridge between Policies, Interventions, and the Grassroots. In Social Work Education. IntechOpen.

Ibrahima, A. B. & Mattaini, M. (2018). Social Work in Africa: Decolonizing Methodologies and Approaches. International Social Work, pp 1-15.

Ibrahima, A. B. (2017). 16 Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). Transforming Society: Strategies for Social Development from Singapore, Asia and Around the World, 229

Selected Exhibitions

Ibrahima, A. B. Exploring Maternal Health in Ethiopia Using Indigenous Approaches:
Policy and Practice Implications. 2nd International Conference on Future of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 2022. March 24 – 25, 2022.

Ibrahima, A. B. Rooted and Curious: Learning from the Past for a Better Future, Black Heritage Month Academic Talk, February, 24, 2022

Ibrahima, A.B., “Ethnic Based Genocide in Ethiopia: The Role of Faith- Based Institutions In Conflict Resolution and Transformation”. 7th Genocide and Human Rights Virtual Conference organized by GHRAD Center, NEIU. Feb, 2021

Ibrahima, A. B. Decolonizing and Celebrating Indigenous Knowledge and Value. Africa Day – Virtual Town Hall: Contributions of the African Diaspora AU2063. May 25th, 2021. 

Ibrahima, A. B Decolonizing social work methodologies and approaches. The Annual Liberation Based Healing Conference (LBHC) Organized by the Institute for Family Services (IFS. November 5 & 6 (Virtual)

Ibrahima, A. B. Understanding and Decolonizing Maternal Health in Ethiopia through Indigenous Methodologies. The 22nd Annual Conference, SSWR, Washington, DC, January 1014, 2018, Washington D.C.

Additional Information

Aissetu Barry Ibrahima earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dr. Aissetu has more than 10 years of post-master's social work field experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and care, community health, education, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, addiction, and monitoring and evaluation in Ethiopia as well as the U.S. Dr. Aissetu’s research area can fall under community health and grassroots development. Her research broadly examines indigenous knowledge and cultural relevance in social services, and international polices, and health disparities in maternal health service provision and utilization. 

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