Zainab Shakir and the Victory of Islamophobia

University of Oklahoma student Zainab Shakir speaks on her experience as a Muslim American and how what each of us brings to the table of religion can be used to have a real conversation about fighting Islamophobia.

Zainab Shakir is a senior at OU, studying microbiology with minors in chemistry, Spanish, and history. She aspires to a career in the health sciences, and serves as an interpreter at the Manos Juntas free medical clinic. In addition to volunteering, she tutors for the OU Honors College Writing Center and is the Vice Chair of Adjudication for the OU Integrity Council. Despite what her academic pursuits suggest, Zainab is also an avid writer; she has completed two novel-length works and multiple short stories. Zainab hopes to spark a love of writing in other students, and to make a positive impact on her community through her written works. In her free time, she enjoys piano, swimming, painting, and yoga.

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