Arif is an acclaimed Bangladeshi novelist who also has expertise in international development. He has worked on issues of poverty alleviation and public health in Bangladesh and other countries. His first novel, The Storm, spanned fifty years of Bangladeshi history to tell five intertwined love stories. He has given talks about his novel in Canada, the US and Bangladesh.
Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, Raquel is an award-winning journalist, cultural activist, podcaster, and documentary filmmaker who travels widely to speak to diverse audiences about Latina identity, social justice, gentrification and inequality.
Helon is an acclaimed Nigerian novelist, poet, and scholar who speaks both nationally and internationally. His work includes the novels Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time, Oil on Water, and Travelers as well as The Chibok Girls, a nonfiction account of the girls abducted by Boko Haram.
An anthropologist and graphic novelist, Sherine speaks nationally and internationally on the role of comics as a teaching tool and on social justice and representation in comics. In addition to her acclaimed academic work, she is the co-author of the graphic novel Lissa and author of the forthcoming YA graphic novel Jabs, the story of a Muslim-American girl’s coming-of-age.
Author of Night in the American Village, Akemi strives to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights in her writing and work. She is an educator at the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, where she teaches the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and promotes the importance of remembering this history.
Nura is a writer, attorney, and the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies Love, InshAllah and Salaam, Love and has been featured globally by media including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, Washington Post, Guardian, Times of India, Dawn Pakistan, and Jakarta Post. She gave a popular TEDx talk on the monolithic image of Muslim women.
A charismatic speaker, writer and cultural activist, Bushra’s rapport with audiences is genuine, entertaining, and educational. She co-edited the seminal anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. Her novel Corona is a cult classic, and her poetry collection Marianna’s Beauty Salon has been described as “a love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home--and surviving.”
Wendy is a scholar of Middle East politics and author of the critically-acclaimed We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, a mosaic of first-hand Syrian testimonials that chronicles the Syrian uprising, war and refugee crisis. Wendy lectures around the world.
Matthew is a novelist, scholar, and Korean adoptee who has written and spoken widely on the subjects of adoption, race, Asian masculinity and parenting. His acclaimed first novel,The Hundred-Year Flood, was an Amazon Bestseller and, among other honors, a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker.