Writings & Speaking

Becoming American

“Becoming American” is a digital storytelling project that will feature conversations and panel discussions with immigrant women in Maryland. The stories will be published in Fall 2021.

This project is generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) through their Creativity Grant.


Trauma and hope after 4 years of Trump: Pittsburgh-area Muslims hope for a better day from the next administration

How Trump’s barrage against Muslims has affected my family’s life in the Pittsburgh suburbs

How Pittsburgh-area houses of worship are guarding their people and property

In Pittsburgh, refugees try to seize opportunities but job prospects and chances to learn English are slim

How some Pittsburgh-area faith leaders have addressed security concerns since the synagogue shooting

Activists aren’t the only ones preaching about climate change. Some Pittsburgh congregations do, too.

An act of spiritual resistance’: Pittsburgh’s Jewish community hosts Shabbat services one week after the Tree of Life shooting

An immigrant’s relationship status with Facebook post-data breach? It’s complicated.

As homeschooling becomes more mainstream, is it right for my child? Here’s what I’ve learned.

Project: #PublicStreetsPGH – Vignettes for National Welcoming Week 2017

1- Romana King Bruneri from Czech Republic

2- Rup Pokharel from Bhutan

3- Ruchi Singh from India

4- Sabeen Iqbal from Pakistan

5- Taha Ahmed, American Muslim

Essays, Miscellaneous Publications

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We can’t ‘go back’: From Pittsburgh to Paris, the Muslims living next door must live in fear

First Person: The power of Punxsutawney Phil (for a native Pakistani)

Local leaders are helping Muslims to foster harmony

Franklin Park residents concerned about fracking dangers

Notable Speaking Engagements

March 24th, 2019: Community Representative: “Rehumanize” Vigil at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. 

August 17th, 2018: Guest Speaker, Allegheny County Department of Human Services Inclusion Committee Speaker Series, “Understanding Traditions”

April 25th 2018: Guest speaker, American Association of University Women (AAUW), North Hills of Pittsburgh. Topic: “From Pakistan to Pittsburgh: Reality and myths of identity.”

April 2017: American Association of University Women (AAUW), North Hills Pittsburgh American Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions Series at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. Guest Speaker, Topic: “Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan”

2016-2018: Presenter for multiple Behavioral Health and Cultural Competency Trainings arranged by service providers for immigrants and non-native speakers of English in Allegheny County 

April 2015: Panelist and speaker, international Conference on “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)” at the University of Pittsburgh. Topic: “Countering Extremism Through Community Outreach in the West; Opportunities and Challenges”

Presenter for Student Ambassador Program (World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh), Class on Islam and Terrorism at Slippery Rock UniversityCommunity College of Allegheny CountyNorth Hills Anti-Racism Coalition (Pittsburgh area), schools and community events. 

Media Engagements

Muslim Association Responds To North Side Food Pantry’s Call For Help

‘We Want To Welcome People’: 19 Sworn In As Citizens In Pittsburgh

Jewish community security director extends training to Muslim group

Teaching & Classes

Upcoming Courses/Classes

Fall 2021

Notre Dame of Maryland University, Renaissance Institute: The American (Minority) Experience

University of Pittsburgh, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Muslims in the Neighborhood

Previous Courses for University of Pittsburgh, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The American (Minority) Experience

Stronger than hate: Building inclusive communities

Muslims in the Neighborhood

International teaching experience as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor to non-native speakers.

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