Dalia Elsayed: Translating My Values Into My Work… A Social Worker’s Perspective

“People often ask me how I can be so stressed and depressed at times and still be able to maintain a smile on my face and treat people with respect. My answer is that I’m blessed in so many ways that I try to never take these simple blessings for granted.”

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Yasmin Mandviwala: A Personal Insight On Success

“If you maintain a humble attitude, constantly learn from others around you, and always put out the best quality of work possible, the rest will follow. Find your passions. Figure out what types of roles, work environments, industries, etc. inspire you.”

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Emil Aldaddah: Linking Diversity and Inclusivity

“If you really have open communication with someone, and talk about the specifics, you’ll find that at the end of the day you both want the same thing.”

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Valeria Cueva: Living Life With Gratitude

“After 6 months or so after my brain surgery, I felt that I wasn’t happy. I’m proudest of the person I’ve become. I think that I’ve been through some challenges that changed my life and having that life experience is priceless.”

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Mike Jaber: A Gym Changed My Life

“Everything happens for a reason, so stay strong, stay positive and keep moving forward. I promise your life has something better and life changing waiting for you.”

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Supna Zaidi: Analyzing The Voices Inside

“There’s respect, there’s nonviolence, there are paths to expressing frustrations. There are respectful ways to do it. There are violent ways to do it, which are actually worsen and exacerbate your situation. There is a community to always go to.”

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Osoul Taha: Beauty In The Unexpected

“If there are two things I’ve learned throughout my life, these are the power of persistence and perseverance. When things play out differently than imagined, what is really important is to never give up and to continue to carry on and fight through whatever obstacles have gotten in the way.”

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Irshad Siddiqi: Navigating Through A Maze

“The way that I find my identity goes back to a central core, which I feel like I’ve taken away sort of a cultural box that it could be put in. Along in my travels, I feel I’ve collected these views and have made sort of a patchwork quilt out of those.”

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Ismail Elfath: From Casablanca to FIFA Referee- Dreams Become Realities

“I always look at the positive side of things and always focus on the “opportunity”. The current negative political climate for me is an opportunity to educate, reach out, and share similarities and differences which, at its core, is the essence of what being American means to me.”

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Roya Naderi: Giving Back Where It Counts

“We have different ways of serving these refugee populations, and it’s working with people on the ground.”

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