From Somalia to Snow

How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis

At a time when United States citizens are being told to fear their Muslim neighbors, where does the truth lie? In this powerful book, Hudda Ibrahim unpacks the immigration narrative of Somali Americans and explains why nearly 20 percent have chosen to settle in Minnesota.

From Somalia to Snow gives readers an invaluable insider’s look into the lives and culture of our Somali neighbors and the important challenges they face. Purchase your copy today!


An introduction to Somali culture, Islamic beliefs, and the roles they play in Somalis’ lives.

Why thousands of Somali refugees came to live in this cold, snowy area with people of predominantly European descent.

The challenges facing Somali businesses and their growing role in Saint Cloud and Central Minnesota.



Hudda Ibrahim, MA, is a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where she teaches diversity and social justice and is the founder and president of Filsan Talent Partners. Hudda’s interests include conflict transformation, the politics of reconciliation, global politics, transitional justice, gender issues, and war and peace. On weekends, Hudda mentors a cohort of young Somali women. She has strived to be known as an engaging and effective advocate for the educational and social needs of students and adults throughout an increasingly large and diverse community. In her spare time, she reads books and magazines.

Hudda is a change agent, providing necessary resources to bring the central Minnesota community and new American populations together. She has given talks on issues of community relationship building, peace, human rights, women’s empowerment and inclusion in politics, and alternative world futures at colleges, universities, churches, and other venues.


Hudda specializes in international peace studies, conflict resolution, policy analysis, and political change. She sits on several nonprofit boards, including the Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization, United Way of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and the Saint Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, in which she is diversity council vice chair.


Hudda has published articles on reconciliation, mediation, the role of Somali traditional elders, and the use of customary law in Somalia. She has contributed articles to the Huffington Post and other news sources, both local and international

Hudda has written three other books in addition to From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis The Traveler: True Grit, a memoir about her work, contributions, and life journey. Get in the Driving Seat of Your Own Life: Steps to Unleash Women’s Confidence, a book that encourages girls and women to pursue their God-given potential and understand their abilities in order to flourish and be successful in the United States, and The Role of the Traditional Somali Model in Peacemaking, based on her MA thesis. She holds a master’s degree in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies and English literature from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota.


In recognition of her leadership, Hudda has received numerous awards. These include the 5 under 40 Award, 2016 Difference Maker, 2016 Partners in Education District 742 Award for the Take Ten project, and the Women’s Group project. The Somali American National Institute has offered her an appreciation award for her work in the community.

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