VOICES OF CHANGE,
VOICES OF AMERICA

AMERICAN MUSLIMS ARE FACING A CRISIS OF INTOLERANCE AND MISUNDERSTANDING. THEIR STORIES HAVE OFTEN BEEN BURIED UNDER SENSATIONALISTIC HEADLINES OF TERRORISM, EXTREMISM, AND HATE. IT’S TIME TO DISPEL THE FALSE PERCEPTIONS OF MUSLIM CULTURE.

Voices of Change, Voices of America, is a unique, hands-on storytelling, leadership and media training intensive that seeks to identify, connect, train, and empower 120 diverse, emerging American Muslims to become protagonists of their unique American narrative and dispel the false perceptions surrounding their culture.

ABOUT VOICES OF CHANGE, VOICES OF AMERICA

Thanks to the generous support of the Pillars Fund and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Auburn will equip, train, and connect a network of 120 American Muslim professionals from a variety of fields to become articulate, savvy, and bold ambassadors of their personal narratives.

These emerging American Muslims leaders will be equipped with the strategies and skills to not only survive, but to thrive in the volatile battlefield of anti-Muslim memes, trolling, and bullying. They will learn to anticipate attacks and create and push new narratives that promote the pluralistic vision of America that embraces and accommodates different ethnicities, religions, and political voices.

From victims to change agents, sidekicks to protagonists, suspects to allies, this new community of leaders and spokespeople will shift the culture by creating and controlling their own narrative in a hostile landscape, communicate that narrative throughout their local communities, and amplify it for a national and international audience through social media, radio, print publications, and television.

The following applicants have been selected to participate in this program:*

Houda Abadi
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer
Sulaiman Ahmad
Laila Alawa
Makkah Ali
Debbie Almontaser
Zaki Barzinji
Imam Makram El-Amin
Suzan El-Rayess
Amna Farooqi
Fahim Gulamali
Maysan Haydar
Blair Imani
Naaima Khan
Shreen Khan
Mahdia Lynn
Jenan Mohajir
Roya Naderi
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad
Qasim Rashid

* This list is subject to change, depending on applicant availability