Darko Simunivic: An Obligation to Give Back

“My father was from Croatia and my mother was from Serbia, both of which had different religions. The conflict in Bosnia at the time was ethnic conflict: you had folks from Serbia, Croatia and then Bosnia, all on different sides, engaged in a war.”

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Nasir Bin Zakaria: Uniting the Rohingya Culture in Chicago

“My name is Nasir Bin Zakaria, I was born in Burma, Myanmar. 2008-2012 was very dangerous due to the genocide. I moved to Chicago in 2013.”

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Taskeen & Naazish Yar Khan: Forging Lasting Connections, and Giving Thanks for Family

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. We might not have everyone from our family able to come tomorrow, but our friends have been our family the last two decades that I’ve been here and I think I’m so, so, so grateful for that.”

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MALA Annual Dinner in Chicago – December 4th 2017

On Monday December 4th, 2017 – MALA is holding its second Annual Gala at Gentleman’s Cooperative to raise money for our scholarship program to empower a new generation of leaders, featuring a live performance by artist Yoni Einhorn.

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Malisa Rakanovic: Breaking Social Barriers and Building Community

“My coming to America was actually by chance: I met a guy and then I married him. My husband is an immigrant himself; he survived the war in Bosnia. I think that even within certain nationalities, interracial relationships are not highly regarded.”

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Lina Mohamed: Dreaming Big

“I come from an Ethiopian background;both of my parents are from Ethiopia, so growing up, our identity was shaped as Ethiopian Americans. My dad is Orthodox and my mom is Muslim, so I grew up in an ethnic/religious mix as well.”

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Dina Soliman: The Importance of Communication and Education

“I grew up in Queens with an Egyptian Muslim family. Growing up, they were not that strict on me learning Arabic, nor did they put me in an Arabic school. My mom actually wanted me to grow up fully in the American culture.”

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Asma Mohammed: Pass the Mic

“What most people didn’t know is that I had a ferocity about me that only came out when someone I cared about needed me. I found myself spending many of my days thinking about what I should have said, regretting my silence especially when it affected the people around me.”

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Whole Foods Manhattan and MALA Present Persian Cooking

On October 26th, MALA partnered with Eat OffBeat and Whole Foods Manhattan to provide a delectable 4 course meal prepared by Chef Nasrin from Iran.

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MALA and Chicago Cultural Alliance Event at National Hellenic Museum

On October 26th, 2017 MALA and Chicago Cultural Alliance presented “Preserving Heritage and Spotlighting Voices” at the National Hellenic Museum. This program was a part of “Inherit Chicago”, a city wide festival of art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage museums and cultural centers.

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