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Ahmed Kermalli – Registered Nurse & Entrepreneur

Born and raised in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, Ahmed completed secondary and advanced level education at Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School. He…

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Mariam Charara – Author

Mariam Dahoui Charara is the author of the upcoming book series, ‘To Enter His Gardens’, a Figs and Olives Publications…

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Qaim Naqvi – Environmental Scientist

Qaim Naqvi, a Chicago native, is a University of Illinois graduate in Natural Sciences and Environmental Science. He has worked…

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Hanna Kassim – Immigration Case Worker

Hanna was born in Toronto and has been living there ever since. She graduated from University in 2019 with her…

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Al-Huda Youth – Community Voice

Al Huda Youth’s main initiatives are to provide an in-depth understanding of the main Islamic pillars, providing youth with tools…

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Azwar Khalid – App Developer and Co-Founder, Alkutab School

Azwar Khalid is CEO of 247 Labs and co-founder of the online Alkutab Islamic School. He is a father, husband,…

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Faraj Mental Health – Community Voice

Faraj Mental Health is a non-profit community organization founded in January of 2021. Faraj’s main goal is to increase mental…

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Amin Shehata – Student, Public Health and Global Poverty

Amin is a senior Public Health Sciences major at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also minoring in…

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Hidaya Nawee – Writer

Hidaya Nawee is a speaker, writer, and activist whose work predominantly focuses on issues of race, gender, religion, and disability…

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Nabil Jaffer – Entrepreneur

After spending the first 13 years of his life in Mombasa, Kenya, Nabil and his family migrated to Canada in…

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Kamilah Ebrahim – Master’s Student, Data Science

Kamilah is currently pursuing a Masters of Information in Human Centred Data Science at the University of Toronto. She graduated…

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Fatima Almuhtaram – Freelance Graphic Designer

Fatima is a Toronto-based graphic designer who has been working in the industry for over 6 years. She has worked…

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Ambreen Shirazi – Financial and Tax Consultant

Ambreen is a financial and tax consultant, and insurance professional with over 20 years experience. She graduated with a degree…

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Sayeda Akbar – Personal Trainer

Sayeda Akbar is very passionate about active healthy lifestyles and fitness. She has been playing soccer year round since childhood,…

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Mariam Jammal – Business Immigration Lawyer (June 19, 2021)

Mariam Jammal is a newly licensed Canadian Immigration lawyer based in Toronto, focusing on business immigration and working with seasoned…

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Computer Science Panel – Fatima Ali, Haana Janmohamed

Haana Janmohamed is a rising senior studying Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. She was born and…

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Omaima Saad – Early Childhood Educator

Omaima Saad is an Early Childhood Education student with 7 years of experience in the field. She is currently in…

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Imaad Remtula – Mechatronics Engineer & Entrepreneur

Imaad Remtula is studying to become a mechatronics engineer. As is the case with nearly every University of Waterloo program,…

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Muslim Youth in Motion – Community Voice

Muslim Youth in Motion is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 by a few youth members in the…

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Abir Safa – Writer and Poet

Abir Safa is a Detroit-raised poet of nine years. She began performing her work in 2012 at various events and…

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Fatima Hussain – Psychology Student (April 17, 2021)

Fatima Hussain is a third year psychology student at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She also studied abroad in…

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Kumail Raza – Finance and Data Science Student

Kumail Raza is a junior at New York University (NYU) studying Finance and Data Science. At NYU, Kumail is the…

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Shi’a Racial Justice Coalition – Umoja Community Voice

Shia Racial Justice Coalition began in response to the discussions regarding racism and anti-blackness in the Muslim world. We are…

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Arts Panel – Zeinab Shdid, Sahara Mehdi

Zeinab Shdid is passionate about art and started drawing when she was very young. She honed her talent and majored…

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Laila Tauqeer – College Student

Laila is a senior at Harvard University studying History of Science and Near Eastern Studies. She is passionate about working…

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Insiya Aziz – Law Student

Insiya Aziz is a second year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. In her time as…

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Fatima Zaidi (Student and Journalist)

Fatima Zaidi has become a globally recognized voice due to her contributions within Muslim communities as a public speaker. After…

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Umoja Community Voice – Who is Hussain

Who is Hussain’s vision is a society inspired by Hussain. Leading with the values Hussain stood for, those of compassion,…

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Aria Bashir (Fashion Entrepreneur and HR Professional)

Aria Bashir is the founder and designer of Zaria Boutique, an up and coming modest fashion brand that is ethically…

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Mohammad Ali Naqvi (Flight Instructor and Pilot)

Mohammad Ali Naqvi is a Certified Flight Instructor, based out of Los Angeles, CA. Mohammad Ali started flying at 18,…

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Engineering Panel (Zaynab Sbeiti, Salmaan Bhimji)

Zaynab received her Bachelors in Civil engineering in 2019. She started her first engineering job in September 2020, amidst the…

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Hood n Cape (PhD Student and Illustrator)

Hood is a full-time bioengineering PhD at the Indian Institute of Technology. Apart from her love for science and curiosity…

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Umoja Community Voice – Ma’rifa

Join us for a new outreach show, Community Voice! With so many successful and inspiring youth movements and leaders around…

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Hoda Gharib (Social Justice Education Student)

Hoda Gharib is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto (St. George). She…

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Safiya Hasan (CEO of Heavenly Hijabs and Student)

Safiya Hasan is a current senior at Briar Woods High School. In 2013, she started a hijab business, Heavenly Hijabs…

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Asil Samhat (Student)

Asil Samhat, a student at McMaster University, is currently studying Social Sciences. She is planning to pursue a double-major in…

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IT Careers Panel (Faisal Abbas, Aabir Rizvi)

Faisal Abbas is a technology aficionado and a geek at heart. He currently works as a Consulting Manager in the…

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Dr. Imran Khan (Clinical Pharmacist)

Dr. Imran Khan is an accomplished scientist, clinical pharmacist, youth director and foodie. Growing up in small town Arkansas, Dr.…

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Kabir Ali Jeevraj (Student and Videographer)

Kabir Ali is a high school student at the High School of Health Sciences in Wisconsin. He enjoys Chemistry, Biology,…

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Sahar Jaber (Author and Publisher)

Born and raised in Hamilton Ontario, Sahar Jaber completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and is currently completing a double…

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Nehal Naqvi (Student)

Nehal Naqvi is a Senior at Atholton High School, where he formerly served as the Treasurer of the Class of…

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Meet the Hosts! (Imran Dharamsi, Fatima Al-Sayed)

Join us for our special meet the hosts show! As a journalist   In the West, Fatima Al-Sayed aims to…

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Sara Faour (University Student & Research Assistant)

Sara is an undergraduate student in her 4th year at the University of Toronto-Scarborough Campus completing the human biology specialist…

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Jihad Saleh (Sr. Advocacy & Government Affairs Advisor)

Jihad F. Saleh is a humanitarian, anti-poverty activist based in Washington, DC. His activism & organizing focuses on amplifying the…

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Sarah Najdi (Materials Engineering Student)

Sarah is currently a second year engineering student at the University of Toronto. She has always been curious about the…

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Dr. Farooq Bandali (Senior Medical Science Liaison)

Dr. Farooq Bandali earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. During 2004 –…

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Zainab Merchant (Writer)

Zainab Merchant is an American journalist, author and entrepreneur. She is author of the books To Be a Muslim and…

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Mehdi Baqri (Biomedical Engineering Student and Activist)

Mehdi is an undergraduate student and Global Health Scholar at Yale University, studying biomedical engineering. His research interests concern nanoparticle…

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Malek Wazne-Fadlallah – Filmmaker, Naim Hamdar – Payment Services Entrepreneur

Malak Wazne-Fadlallah is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer working to tear down barriers, one story at a time. Her…

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College Admissions SPECIAL! Taaha Mohamedali, Karim Rajmohamed (July 18, 2020)

Taaha gained admission to Lafayette College through the Posse Foundation, graduating with an English major and a Writing Concentration in…

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Ali Bhallo – Student, Supply Chain Major

Ali is a Supply Chain major at the Penn State University Smeal School of Business. He is an advocate for…

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Special Episode! The Umoja Team

On today’s special episode, we talk about Umoja’s latest initiatives with some of the Umoja team! We were joined by Mustafa…

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Iman Saab – Nursing Student

Iman Saab is an aspiring registered nurse with a strong passion for clinical science and health care. She has worked…

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Dr. Syed Ali Raza Rizvi – Vascular Surgeon

After Dr. Rizvi completed a BS in Information Systems (ISE) at St…

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Arif Soonasra – Pharmacist; Zainab Khalfan – RN and CLC

Arif Soonasra:nArif Soonasra is a medical directo…

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Mujtaba Murji – CFA, Bloomberg; Azra Naqvi – Principal, Hadi School

Mujtaba Murji: nMujtaba is currently a product ma…

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Reza Ladak – Marketing Campaign Manager; Amina Al-Sadi- Radio Producer

Reza Ladak:nReza Ladak is currently an Account Su…

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Ali Hirji – Certified Public Accountant

Ali is a manager in the Long Island Office of Mar…

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Zain Ali – Vice President, Business Development and Strategy

Zain Ali is a leader in strategy and innovation t…

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Trenton Carl – Hawzah Student

Trenton Carl, originally from Houston, Texas, now…

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Baqer Keshwani – Experiential Marketing

Baqer moved from London to New York in 2014 to he…

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Zahra Nathani – Optometrist

Zahra is an Optometrist who works in private prac…

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Dr. Syra Madad – Special Pathogens Scientist

Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP is nationally rec…

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Dr. Skeena Haider – Dentist

Dr. Skeena grew up in upstate New York. She atten…

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Ainy Haider Shah – Internal Communications and PR Manager

Ainy Haider-Shah has been a Maryland resident for…

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Nadia Zaidi – Attorney

Nadia was born in the United States and grew up i…

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Shaneh Abbas Jaffer – Kinesiologist

Shaneh-Abbas Jaffer studied Kinesiology at York U…

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Ali Jafri – Real Estate Broker

Having grown up with a real estate investor fathe…

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Ali Madad – Creative Director

Ali is a designer, occassional writer, educator a…

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Hina Zaidi – Gastroenterologist

Dr. Hina was born in Karachi, Pakistan but grew u…

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Theresa Carter – Pilates and Integrated Movement Therapist

Inspired by nature, healing body movement and bre…

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Monira Kayhan – Food Safety Consultant and Educator

Monira obtained her Bachelors of Applied Science …

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Tina Haralambopoulos – Teacher

Tina Haralambopoulos received her undergraduate d…

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Zeeshan Shamji – Makeup Artist and Hairstylist

Zeeshan Shamji, a mother to two beautiful childre…

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Mohamad El-Zein – Reciter of the Holy Qur’an

Mohamad El-Zein was born in Houston, Texas and wa…

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Zaynab Dhalla – Student and Social Worker

Zaynab Dhalla is currently in her fourth year at …

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Syed Uzair Hamdani – MD, Gastroenterology

Syed Uzair Hamdani is a Doctor of Medicine in the…

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Hasnainali Walli – Executive Team – Umoja Outreach Foundation

Hasnainali is born and raised in Toronto, Ontario…

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Azim Dahya – Accountant, Founder of Muslim Food Bank

Azim is a project manager (BSc, PMP), trainer and…

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Zahra Ahmadi – Cardiovascular Technician

Zahra is a graduate of Eastwick College in Ramsey…

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Zishan Hasham – Speech-Language Pathologist

Zishan is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist…

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Beheshta Kiyam – Registered Dietitian

Beheshta is a registered dietitian based in New J…

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Amin Aaser – Founder and Director, Noor Kids

Amin G. Aaser is a leader in Muslim children’s ed…

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Zainab Kiyam – Medical Student

Zainab Kiyam - Medical Student (August 24, 2019) …

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Zaineb Hussein – Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Wayne County

Zaineb Hussein is currently the Executive Directo…

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Sadiq Keshwani – Business Development & Project Management

Born in Pakistan, Sadiq made his way to England w…

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Eman Abul-Razzak – Lighting Technical Director

Eman, originating from Texas, graduated from Texa…

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Sajid Alimohamed – Personal & Professional Development Coach

Sajid Alimohamed is a personal and professional d…

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Salma El-Sayed – Owner, Creme et Miel

Salma El-Sayed is a recent graduate from Ryerson …

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Hadi Mirza – Technical Project Manager

Hadi Mirza works as a Technical Project Manager a…

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Akeela Manekia-Mehdi – Tutor and App Creator for Qur’an Treasure Island

Akeela Manekia-Mehdi is a Qur’an tutor and the cr…

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Tamana Noory – Biologics Safety Scientist

Tamana Noory is Biologics Associate Manager at No…

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Tazeen Raza – Career Coach & Human Resources Professional

After working in HR for a number years, Tazeen re…

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Fatema Ahmadi – Dental Hygienist

As a dental hygienist Fatema’s job is to maintain…

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Imran Datoo – Pharmacist

Imran Datoo is a pharmacist by profession. He stu…

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Dr. Adnaan Sheriff – Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Adnaan Sheriff is a family medicine physician…

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Nazneen Rajani – AI Research Scientist

Nazneen leads the Explainable Artificial Intellig…

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Hussain Zhian – Physician Assistant

Hussain is a graduate physician assistant from St…

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Ali Kadhum – Mental Health Counselor and Care Manager Supervisor

Living in a war zone during his childhood until h…

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Samira Ghani – Chef, Baker, and Food Blogger

Chef Sammy is a chef and baker whose passion is t…

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Dr. Amin Karami – Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

M. Amin Karami is an Associate Professor at Depar…

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Maheen Sayeed – 1st Year Medical Student

Maheen is a wife, mom and first year medical stud…

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Zahraa Saab – Public Health Policy Analyst

Zahraa is a budding health policy leader and comm…

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Zuhair Hussaini – Design Architect

Zuhair is a New York City-based architectural des…

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Mastora Syed – Chemistry Teacher

Mastora is a secondary urban chemistry educator. …

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Ali Ladak – Marketing Science Partner

Ali Ladak is an analytics professional for over 1…

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Habibullah Fayiz – Martial Arts Teacher

Born and raised in Kabul Afghanistan, Habib migra…

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Mohammad Shair – Legal Assistant and Writing Specialist

As a child of Palestinian immigrants and reaching…

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Erum Naqvi – Super Mom!

The uMentor team wishes you and your families a R…

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Fatima Ashar Syed – Paralegal and Super Mom!

Fatima is a qualified paralegal. She was a law st…

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Jahangusht Tajdar – College Student and Grocery Clerk

Our second teenage talk show! Our guest for this …

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Sakina Naqvi – Software Engineer; Maisum Walli – Student

Sakina is a mother of 3 young adults, and is a so…

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Reza Aziz – Student and Volunteer

Reza Aziz is a junior who attends Calhoun High Sc…

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