GEAR UP Iowa’s Sibouih Recognized as Iowa “Face of Volunteerism”

Monday, January 11, 2016

Iowa College Aid announced today that Division Administrator and GEAR UP Iowa Program Director Christina Sibouih has been honored as a “Face of Volunteerism” by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (Volunteer Iowa) for her work in the community with the Refugee Resource Center.

Sibouih founded the Refugee Resource Center in 2014 as an inter-faith, interdisciplinary and intercultural alliance working to meet the needs of Iowa’s refugee community and advocates on behalf of refugee-related efforts. Sibouih is a student of diplomacy and has long been involved in international affair issues for such groups as the Iowa International Center, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and Morocco’s Al Akhawayn University.

In her role as GEAR UP Iowa Program Director, Sibouih works closely on advocacy issues to improve college readiness throughout the state of Iowa but continues her dedication to the Refugee Resource Center.

“We are proud of the passion that Iowa College Aid staff displays every day on behalf of students and families,” said Karen Misjak, Iowa College Aid Executive Director. “Christina’s impressive volunteer support to central Iowa refugees helps strengthen our community and stabilize families so that each child and adult has the opportunity to live up to their potential.”

Starting today, Sibouih will be featured for a week at as part of Governor Branstad’s “A Call to Service” initiative, designed to challenge and encourage Iowans to give back to their communities through volunteerism and service.

For more information on the Refugee Resource Center, please visit their Facebook page at

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 11:16pm.