Sunny Akomu Akhigbe: A Boy and His Dream

“A few weeks after I was born I was bundled from the city and then my mother, myself, and everything that she had was left behind in the city.”

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Barakat Olorunoje: No Limits As A Woman

“My journey begins at a younger age when I realized that I had a lot to my identity. My parents are originally from Nigeria and I was born in America, which already gave me two types of identities.”

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Stephanie Yousif: Growing Up Assyrian

“Also, the identity of Assyrians is controversial. I feel like if I was born in Iraq, but was an Assyrian I still would identify as an Iraqi.”

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Zarina Baber: Giving Back Where Needed

“I collaborated with the Muslim physician community and various health care organizations and founded Al’Shifa free clinic in 1996. It is a part time volunteer based free clinic that serves the under-served and is open to anyone wanting to seek help.”

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Albert Pak: Cultivating Passion To Improve Humanity

“Pretty much ever since I was little I was always into drawing. When I was back in Uzbekistan I went to an art academy. When I was little, my dream was to become a doctor, but then I figured out that I like computers more.”

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Sahar Mohammadzadeh: Hearing Diversity by Listening to Hidden Voices

“If humanity is to be humble and respectful of different perspectives, if humanity is to bask in the breadth of experience, then humanity must be classified the universal race, regardless of the religion or culture that accompanies it.”

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Leila Warraich: Challenging Mental Health Stigma

“I have felt alone many times in my life, but perhaps the most was when I moved back to the United States for college. I want to be remembered as being an advocate for mental health and for helping fight against the stigma associated with it.”

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

For Women’s History Month, we honor the experiences, struggles, and triumphs that have strengthened our societies and complicated our understandings of the human story. MALA aims to create a network that is dedicated to developing programs and resources for women in the USA.

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Yasir Dhanoon: Launching Project Souvenir

“In 2011, I was given the greatest gift I would ever receive: a one-way ticket to New York City through the United States refugee resettlement program.”

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MALA Presents Zeshan B: Album Release and Concert

Join us as we feature critically acclaimed singer and song-writer Zeshan Bagewadi for his debut album release concert in Chicago on April 10th at Untitled Supper Club!

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