Sheherazade Jafari

Board Chair

Sheherazade Jafari, PhD is a practitioner-scholar of inclusive conflict transformation. As an educator, facilitator, researcher, and trainer, she brings an equity lens to supporting organizations and communities in building inclusive processes and cultures and to resolving and transforming conflict. She has a particular passion and strong background in gender transformation and justice, human rights, and culturally rooted and faith-based peacebuilding, as well as fostering a more inclusive and equitable approach to conflict transformation practice and pedagogy. Previously Sheherazade served as the Founding Director of the Point of View Retreat and Training Center for Peacebuilding Collaboration at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, where she worked with students, faculty, and partners across the international peacebuilding community to support conflict resolution processes and create learning opportunities for diverse groups and communities. She also served as a Diversity Advisor and Co-Chair of the Carter School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

Sheherazade is deeply committed to the work of OCU and is proud to have served on the board since 2017. She lives in DC and loves exploring nature with her active and joyful four-year-old son.