Bilal Alkatout ’07

Minneapolis, MN

Inspiration:
I have had exposure to nonprofits and different organizational models and approaches, but I realized that I didn’t have hands-on experience in governing organizations. So I’ve been on the board of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders and on the finance committee for the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. My philosophy is that a lot of the barriers and disruption to equity really lies in the inequity of power and wealth in this country. I’m interested in engaging St. Olaf students in the social impact network and some of the nonprofits I work with.

Impact:
I would like to be involved in the alumni awards, chapter engagement, and multicultural engagement. To be honest, I didn’t get the opportunity to do the self-identity work at St. Olaf that could have been really valuable. I didn’t get a chance to connect with people in an important way about my homosexuality, about my Palestinian identity, what those identities mean, and engage with other people who want to engage with their culture and identity. I think the board offers really good grounds for having conversations and figuring out how to do that more broadly.