Position: Auburn University Public Administration and Public Policy Doctoral StudentHometown: San Diego, CA Shaniqua Williams is a student in the Public Administration and Public Policy doctoral program at Auburn University. Her research interests include social justice and equity, election administration, as well as traditional and non-traditional forms of political participation amongst minorities. Her main research…

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Position: Legislative Aide to San Mateo County Supervisor Don HorsleyHometown: San Mateo, CA Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Dallman has worked in local government for 5.5 years and is currently a Legislative Aide for San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, in addition to being on a 1 year special assignment with the San Mateo County Parks Department. She…

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Position: Master of Public Policy student at the School of Public Policy, UC RiversideHometown: Mundelein, Illinois Ana Yeli Ruiz is a Master of Public Policy student at the School of Public Policy, UC Riverside, with an interest in criminal justice policy and poverty and inequality. As a first-generation immigrant, she grew up in the suburbs…

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Position: Program Manager for the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship ProgramHometown: Berkeley, CA Rosalita Bank, who goes by Jess, is the Program Manager for the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program housed at San Francisco State University. She has spent the last five years serving primarily first-generation and low-income students in support of achieving higher…

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Position: City CouncilmemberHometown: Seaside, CA Jon Wizard lives in Seaside, California, where he serves as an elected member of the city council. Jon holds an undergraduate degree in public relations, a master’s degree in humanities, and is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration. His current focus is on affordable housing policy, criminal justice reform,…

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Basima Sisemore is a researcher for the Global Justice Program at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Her research addresses issues related to Islamophobia, human rights, and exclusionary practices that disfranchise and other Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and communities of color.  Prior to joining the Haas Institute Basima was a Senior Program Specialist for…

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Elsadig Elsheikh is the Director of the Global Justice program at the Othering & Belonging Institute, where he oversees the program’s projects on food system, global equity, and human rights. Prior to the Othering & Belonging Institute, Elsadig led the international program at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State…

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Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian between…

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Dr. Maha Hilal is the inaugural Michael Ratner fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.  She is also an organizer with Witness Against Torture and a steering committee member of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition. Concurrent with these roles, Dr. Hilal is also a Co-Principle Investigator with the Torture Treatment Initiative out…

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Somayeh serves as the Director of Operations at Our Three Winners Foundation. She started her position in August 2018. Prior to that, from 2009-2018, She was the Director of Operations at the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF). She helped launch ISF and plays now a similar role at OTW. Somayeh has a B.A. in Architectural Design…

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