Jesse Mills on "Refugee Resettlement & Somali Youth Organization" at the Fourth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference entitled "Expressions of Islam in Contemporary African American Communities," Harvard University, April 7-8, 2012.
Jesse Mills is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California San Diego. As a scholar/artist/activist, Mills integrates academic research, community service, and artistry. His main research and fieldwork is with Somalis in San Diego examining nonprofit structures of refuge, cultural politics, and youth organizing, with new directions including comparative study in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He serves as strategist for United Taxi Workers of San Diego, research consultant for Somali Family Service, anti-racism consultant for The California Endowment, and faculty advisor for USD’s Black Student Union. His artistic accomplishments include serving as original composer, musical director, and performer (guitar/voice) in the acclaimed “Hip Hop Saved My Life”, a spoken word/music/dance performance collaboration. As a holistic body of work, Mills’ scholarly and creative work seeks to manifest interdisciplinary African American and Ethnic Studies with integral community engagement.