Central Minnesota Teacher, Author, Writer & Visual Storyteller


I'm Anisa Hagi-Mohamed - a Somali-American author, writer, poet, visual artist and teacher. I am the author of My Diasporic Diary, a reflective journal for diaspora people. I'm also the creator of Kalsooni, the first ever deck of bilingual Somali-English affirmation cards.

Holding both bachelors and masters degrees in Applied Linguistics, I am an ESL teacher by profession. I came to the United States when I was five years old after my family fled from the civil war that broke out in Somalia in 1990. After living in IFO refugee camp in Kenya for a few years, my family were then resettled in Memphis, Tennessee. Shortly after, we relocated to Fresno, California. Spending the majority of my life in Fresno, I then moved to Southern California in 2010. The nomadic journey continued as I made my journey to the midwest in 2016 where I completed my graduate school education. Currently, I live in Saint Cloud, Minnesota with my husband and three children. In my free time, I love to research, read, write and create visual stories about my passions: mental health, culture, language, identity and home.


Achievements



Community Work


  • Lyricality Organization - Somali Community Liason, Healining Circle Facilitator, Graphic Designer and Admin member for Lyricality Organization - a Central Minnesota Arts Organization seeking to highlight and celebrate Minnesota-based poets and storytellers. Also designed artwork for website.
  • Neurodiversity Terminology in Somali - Organizing oingoing effort with other experts to create positive terminology in Somali regarding neurodiverse conditions such as autism, ADHD, OCD, etc.
  • Somali Women Speak - Help facilitate a weekly community space online (held Sundays via Clubhouse) where Somali women come to discuss topics relating to shame, trauma, sisterhood, identity, childhood experiences and healing in general.
  • Community Discussions Facilitator - Organize ongoing discussions via online platforms (COVID-19 friendly) - topics include but are not limited to: diasporic experiences, affirmations, mental health, family and community issues, neurodiversity, etc
  • Cultural Competence Training - Delivered cultural competence training to a group of teachers at Success Academy School - discussed Somali culture, language, culture inclusive teaching practices
  • Madison Elementary Leadership Team- Voted as ELL representative in leadership team at workplace (Madison Elementary). Worked closely with Admin and fellow teachers to accomplish school goals.
  • Writing Tutor – San Diego Community College District- Continuing Education Pilot Transitioning Program San Diego Community College District- Continuing Education
  • ESL Teacher - Mid-City - First Somali instructor to teach ESL in SCCCD - taught various courses from computer literacy to conversational English.
  • First Year Services Mentor - Worked as a mentor for first year college students, especially those from minority / first generation backgrounds. Helped them in areas of class planning, goal-setting, accountability and exploring campus resources.
  • Muslim Student Association President - Served as President and Vice President in two MSAs (Fresno City College & San Diego City College). Helped students find belonging, identity and a place to embrace faith and community.