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Pashtana Abedi

Assistant Director of Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Global Outreach

Pashtana Abedi serves as part of the Straus Institute's efforts to recruit students from around the world to continue its legacy of creating an enriching and diverse academic experience. She also manages Straus' communication platforms and marketing efforts to highlight the institute's various initiatives and academic programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a Master of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute. As the daughter of an international mediator, Pashtana knew she wanted to be a part of peace processes, which is why she built her own mediation practice where she mediates a variety of cases including cross-cultural and faith-based disputes. She has served at the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Southern California Mediation Association, and authored a book on faith-based mediations entitled Mediation & Islam.