Gallal Obeid moved to Lawrence after receiving his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. While at KU he earned his Master’s in Social Work with a focus in administration and advocacy. Obeid currently serves as the Director of Operations with the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and maintains his position with the office of Diversity and Equity as the advisor for the Tudor Foundation Scholar’s Program, working directly with recipients of the full room and board scholarship. As an advisor and mentor for students, Obeid utilizes the strengths perspective and other tools supported by the social work profession to ensure success among the current and future Tudor Foundation Scholars. Because scholars are often arriving at KU with many barriers that could prevent them from completing their degree, Obeid works with students to help them navigate and/or remove barriers as they arise. In the last 3 years, Obeid's work with students in the program has resulted more than a 80% retention rate. The Tudor Foundation intends on adding 5-10 students every year based on funding availability and program capacity. Obeid enjoys his work at KU and has been able to connect his knowledge of the community resources to help with the success of the program. Outside of work, Obeid often finds himself out in the garden, tending to fruit trees, veggies, and flowers.