Topic: The Muslim ban and its effects on mothers and children
Shazia Ashraf is an educator, community organizer and mother. She is the daughter of an interracial couple with Pakistani and Italian heritage, and is part of a diverse interfaith extended family. Raised in Houston and rural Pakistan, Shazia now lives in Houston with her three active boys. By day she is an award-winning educator who for the past 15 years has worked with students to build confidence in their ability to understand math. She currently teaches math courses at Lonestar College. A long time organizer and volunteer for the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISOH), her passion is to build bridges and community through connection and other dialogue. She is currently the chair of the Sisters Committee at ISGH and has also served as the public relations chair for B.I.R.T.H., a non-profit that promotes healthy and safe birth for mothers. Her most important work is building her relationship with God, her children and the community.
Shazana Khan is a Canadian who grew up in Orlando and Houston. She was an educator for 15 years and taught at the middle and high school level. She completed a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and has now transitioned to the oil and gas industry. Shazana is a mother of two children, with a daughter in high school and a son in middle school. She has been dedicated to the community since her teenage years and hopes to impact and lead by example.