Naeema Butt: Acting Out to Bring Change Within

“Never, ever think you are above someone or below someone; Just know you exist, which matters. Leave the past, leave the future, live in the present. When you start doing that, you become a fearless person.”

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Fatema Osman: Applying My Diverse Background To Help Others

“I’d like to help promote social justice, health reforms, and the benefits of a pluralistic society. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to know my purpose in life. Philosophy has taught me to look for any object or being’s purpose by looking into their unique characteristics.”

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Abdurahman Abusalim: Working Together

“So we have to respect each other that’s the message that I have to send. We don’t need more than respect one of the personal, or the human value.”

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MALA Brings StoryCorps to Benedictine MEPI Students

MALA and StoryCorps came to Benedictine University to record, archive, and preserve the stories from the university’s MEPI Program. All stories are archived and preserved with the Library of Congress. MEPI works across the Middle East , and North Africa region partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs), community leaders, youth and women activists, and private sector groups to advance their efforts to improve their communities.

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TEACH by Participant Media in Chicago

MALA, in partnership with IL Humanities Council, presents the critically acclaimed film TEACH by Participant Media. Directed by Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim and hosted by Queen Latifah.

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Naseem Kaduuh & Bayan Jaber: A Conversation on Identity

“We have a lot of the American traditions like Christmas. Even though we’re Muslims we still celebrate Christmas and that’s like a big thing in my family. But even at the same time, I feel like we’re a very American family, but very Lebanese at the same time.”

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Afaf Ahmad: A Voice for The Voiceless

“The voice of the voiceless is the most important thing. People cannot have the guts to go out and say what’s going on. Yes, we live in a country that gives you freedom of speech that you miss in your own mother country. And it’s really sad that my own people try not to support you.”

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Fariha Chaudry: We Are The Same, Yet Different

“When I went to Haj, I loved being able to see people from every background, age and skin color, and even people with different views of the same religion.”

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Shadi Hossam: Cultivating Leadership For The Next Generation

“My father came to America barely knowing any English. Imagine being in a world not knowing anyone or the language, and you have to start making a living. He has seen the best and worst of life and he has taught me all these things so that I won’t go through the suffering he did.”

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M-Baqir Muhyedeen: An Iraqi American’s Journey

“Being born first generation, son of an immigrant, Arabic family, you can sense there is some sort of identity crisis going on. Labels build barriers. We are all human.”

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