We sit down this week to talk to Lina Mohammed who’s passions for activism and the justice system have grown exponentially in the last two years. Her focus is on mainstream media and its generally prejudiced portrayal of minority groups such as African-Americans, women, and Muslims. Her goal is to deconstruct stereotypes of Muslims through interfaith work with Christians and Jews. It is important for folks to raise their voices and amplify others’.
Lina interned at MPAC, Arab American Association, ACCESS, and CAIR to realize her goal and create interfaith programs by bringing in Faith leaders from all 3 abrahamic faiths. Last year Lina attended her first ever Guild of America banquet and spoke about the importance of learning from each other and creating safe spaces. She is currently working on a project about Muslim women in America and her senior thesis examines strategies to combat gender-based violence in refugee communities.
Lina aspires to become an actress to portray Muslim women in a more positive light, contrary to stereotypes and pre-conceived notions. She also aims to establish a mobile platform to report ethically on issues affecting marginalized individuals and communities.