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Textbook co-authored by Kurdish scholar offers marginalized youth and those with disabilities fair a چاپ ارسال به دوست
Cklara Moradian, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Textbook co-authored by Kurdish American scholar offers marginalized youth and those with disabilities fair access to education


May 25-2020

By: Cklara Moradian


It is with great honor and a deep sense of pride that I share with you Dr. Soraya Fallah’s textbook Learning Challenges for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Students With Disabilities, co-authored with two other leading national educational experts Dr. Bronte Reynolds and Dr. Wendy Murawski. I have so much respect and admiration for the work they have been able to contribute to our world.

I write this note from a dual perspective. First and foremost, I am the daughter of a scholar and so a witness to the journey from the book’s inception in those early dissertation days to what is now a remarkable accomplishment of a scholarly, peer-reviewed reference source meant to provide guidance and knowledge to educators, teachers, administrators, social workers, clinicians, and parents. But maybe, more importantly, I am sharing my thoughts about this book as a former student with a disability from an understudied and underserved population myself, and as a current professional Social Worker and Psychotherapist serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse youth with disabilities at a leading pediatric hospital.

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CSUN Introduces the First Wellness Vending Machine in the Cal State System چاپ ارسال به دوست
CSUN Introduces the First Wellness Vending Machine in the Cal State System


October 28, 2019



The first day of Cklara Moradian's internship was a heavy one. She sat in on a pregnancy counseling and watched a girl have one of the hardest conversations she may ever have. The girl explained that she didn't have access to Plan B and that she had a bit of a difficult living situation.


As they discussed her options going forward, Moradian, a master of social work intern at the Klotz Student Health Center, felt she could be doing more to help people in unfortunate situations like this young girl.

Moradian and her adviser, Amy Reichbach, began discussing ways to prevent pregnancy rather than meeting with people after the fact.

As a result, CSUN has become the first CSU to have a Wellness Vending Machine which dispenses emergency contraceptive pills and other health-related items.

Moradian recognized the limited hours at the Klotz Student Health Center, and she and Reichbach wanted to provide more access to these much-needed items.

"This is not an abortion pill," said Moradian. "It is legal and safe to use over the counter, and ultimately this is just another way to make sure students have power and resources to make decisions about their lives and their bodies."

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Voicing Personal Values to Create Institutional Change چاپ ارسال به دوست
Dr. Soraya Fallah & Cklara Moradian, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, CA. USA   

Voicing Personal Values to Create Institutional Change


By Soraya Fallah & Cklara Moradian

In the corner of the main dining hall, Channy hunched over a brown paper bag, breathing rapidly into it to prevent an impending asthma attack. I reached over to her and sat by her side. I saw the tears roll down her frail face. She looked exhausted. Our nurses were busy tending to patients who had become very ill with food poisoning. There was an atmosphere of panic and chaos, as other social workers were calling 911 to come to their aid




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A personal cry by an Iranian-born earthquake scientist for a change in how Iran addresses its seismi چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

A personal cry by an Iranian-born earthquake scientist for a change in how Iran addresses its seismic risk and resilience

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By Manuel Berberian, Ph.D., PG (University of Cambridge, UK, Elected Member, New York Academy of Sciences)

The heart of the matter

Iranians do not deserve death and complete destruction in 2017. In my judgment, neither earthquakes nor buildings kill the people in this beautiful and ancient country. The culprits are instead the lack of democracy, accountability, and transparency, which has permitted corruption in the building industry. Despite the presence of a strong 50-year-old building code, the failure of earthquake-resilient construction and permitting today should be treated as a criminal case.


The state of damage in Iran

The 12 November M=7.3 earthquake devastated a large area in the Iran-Iraq border region, and ruined or severely damaged several towns. The latest restrained state official news released on Tuesday November 14 at 16:18 local time (+5 hr UTC, +8.30 hr ET, and 11:30 WT) reports 530 dead and 7400 injured in Iran, mostly in the cities and towns of Qasr Shirin, Sar Pol Zahab, Kermanshah, Eslamabad (the former Shahabad) Gharb, Kerend, Salas Babakhani, and numerous villages (;, Etela'at, Kayhan). The border area is mountainous and is not densely populated. Many villages have not yet been visited by the officials due to landslides. Despite cold winter nights, people stayed outside many with few tents. Schools in the epicentral area have been closed since Monday in the city of Kermansh, as well as in the earthquake stricken area.

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Kurdistan's Troubled Democracy چاپ ارسال به دوست, Los Angeles, CA, USA   
Kurdistan's Troubled Democracy

michael_rubin.jpgBy Michael Rubin, Scott Carpenter
Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009

Shortly after taking office, President Obama congratulated Iraqis on successful provincial elections. "Millions of Iraqi citizens from every ethnic and religious group went peacefully to the polls across the country to choose new provincial councils," he declared on Jan. 31.

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