‘Becoming American’ is a digital storytelling project that features conversations and panel discussions with immigrant women in Maryland. The project is ongoing with the first 10 stories published in Fall 2021.
The first phase of ‘Becoming American’ was generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) through their Creativity Grant. The stories were shared in partnership with CityLit Project, Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS) and Welcoming America.
Check out stories of featured Marylanders here.
The Karachi Collective
Project: #PublicStreetsPGH – Vignettes for National Welcoming Week 2017
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 University, Community College of Allegheny County, North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition (Pittsburgh area), schools and community events.
Teaching & Classes
Notre Dame of Maryland University, Renaissance Institute
Literature and Society
Course Description: The works of literary creatives serve as the most powerful depiction of an era. This six-week course will examine contemporary concerns and ideas as expressed by the writers and poets of our times in their works of fiction, non- fiction and poetry. We will undertake the study of literary pieces about war and peace, global migration, environmental sustainability, and human security from mid-twentieth century to present day. We will also delve into the relationship between artists and society and what can communities do to keep public art, especially literary arts, alive and thriving?
Previous Courses for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the University of Pittsburgh, Towson University and Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU
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.