HawaH is an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor, community organizer and non-profit leader. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 35 countries to facilitate interactive workshops, host dialogues, perform poetry, teach yoga, and speak with those interested in creating a caring, sustainable, and equitable world.
In his early years, Hawah worked as an Americorps community organizer and mentor in Washington, DC’s most under-resourced neighborhood, encouraging youth to explore the roots of oppression. After graduating from American University with a degree in Peace and Educational Philosophy, he was awarded a fellowship with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation to work as a special representative to the United Nations and the World Conference Against Racism. For four years he directed the Peaceable Schools Program in DC’s largest public high school—and today still leads trainings for teachers and students in conflict resolution, non-violent communication, positive youth development, emotional literacy, social justice, and arts empowerment.
In 2000, Hawah co-founded One Common Unity, a non-profit that supports a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art. Over the past 16 years, OCU has worked with over 20,500 youth and families from around the nation