Rabia Qutab’s life experience has transformed a perceived liability into an asset. As a formerly incarcerated woman of color, Rabia is honored to serve her community in promoting higher education embracing both social justice and the paradigm of equity, diversity, and inclusion. She graduated from the University of North Texas with honors as a pre-med student with a major in Biology minor in Chemistry.
Rabia’s journey from incarceration into reentry began in late 2020. The power of education and professional gains allowed her to reintegrate into society after imprisonment when she connected with peers and mentors from organizations such as Project Rebound, Rising Scholars, ARC, P2P, FICGN, and LARRP. Her work as an advocate and a freedom worker seeks to include folks with similar lived experiences, exposing the dangers of marginalization by empowering them with support, resources, enhanced wellness, self-reliance, and financial sustainability.
As a 2021 CJL Alumni, Rabia has graduated from recognized fellowships, research, and leadership programs including The Justice Fellows Policy Program with the Education Trust, YPOC Fellows with National Institute of Criminal Justice Reform, LARRP Leadership Academy, Pathways for Equity with Ladies of Hope Ministries, and anticipated Just Leadership USA.
Her freedom work and activism are committed to prison reform and civil rights and she takes absolute pride and honor to be an agent of systemic change.