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Rooj Alwazir is a Yemeni American independent filmmaker and photographer based in New York and the co-founder of SupportYemen Media Co-op, where she and her friends have directed and produced over 10 social-issue based films.
Urooj Arshad currently serves as the Director of International Youth Health and Rights Programs at Advocates for Youth, where she helps build the capacity of youth-driven organizations in the global south and east. She also manages a project focused on building the capacity of organizations working in the U.S with Muslim youth around sexual education, reproductive health, and rights. Ms.
Marya is the Founder and CEO of SILA Consulting, a social impact firm that brings together entertainment, philanthropy, and social movements to drive social change. Her work includes engaging with Hollywood studios, influencers, and culture-makers to center the voices of vulnerable communities, including Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.
Maha Elgenaidi is the founder of Islamic Networks Group (ING), a non-profit organization with affiliates around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.
Umar A. Hakim serves as Executive Director of the Intellect Love Mercy Foundation, which seeks to empower underprivileged youth and adults through life skills education. After a 13 year career in telecommunications, Mr. Hakim became an urban social entrepreneur in order to prioritize his commitment to social and community service.
Margari Aziza Hill is an adjunct professor, blogger, editor, and freelance writer. She is the co-Founder and Programming Director of MuslimARC, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, an organization focusing on Education for Liberation. After converting to Islam in 1993, her life experiences as a Black American woman have informed her research and writing on Islam, education, race, and gender.
Jaylani Hussein is the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). He previously worked as the Community Liaison Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He also created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Mr.
For 15 years, Edina Lekovic has served as a leading voice on the American Muslim community. She is a communications strategist, best known for her service with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), where she oversaw government, media and Hollywood engagement as well as leadership development programs.
Jenan Mohajir currently serves at Interfaith Youth Core’s Curriculum Consultant, overseeing the development and implementation of student leadership curriculum. She is an educator, a storyteller, a mother and a believer in building relationships across the lines that separate us. For the past decade, Ms.