Fia Cowan-Forsythe

Fía is an alumna of Omagh Integrated Primary School and Drumragh Integrated College. Fia studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Queen's University before completing a Masters in Psychology (Conversion) in 2019. Fía is currently working in social care as a project worker.

"I grew up in Omagh, and am proud to have attended both Omagh Integrated Primary School and Drumragh Integrated College. After completing my Integrated Education, I went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Queen's University Belfast followed by a Masters in Psychology (Conversion) at the University of Stirling. I currently work as a project worker for vulnerable young people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or have a Looked After and Accommodated background within Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Being educated within the Integrated Movement gave me the opportunity to explore the wonders and crossroads of the world in a safe environment. Having a safe environment to ask ‘silly’ questions has allowed me to learn with and from others of various backgrounds. From these, often uncomfortable, conversations that we learn and gain understanding of one another. Having the space to experience this from an early age should not be a luxury and readily accessible to everyone. This is why I continue to be active in the Integrated Education Movement.

I attended my first Integrated AlumNI event in August 2016 and have been involved ever since. The AlumNI provided not only a social network of like-minded people but a support network which pushed me to develop the skills I learned during my education and to access new opportunities. If you are thinking of getting involved, I highly encourage you to do so – you won’t regret getting involved with the amazing and vibrant group of people that make up the AlumNI."