- 08/02/2013

Muslim State of Mind provides a fresh, progressive, and unique perspective on the Muslim American community.  Featuring a collective of young Muslims from the tri-state area, Muslim State of Mind explores everything from international and local politics to art, science, sports, and of course, religion. Building off the success of "Tahrir," a WBAI program from 1990-2013, "Muslim State of Mind," seeks to display the diversity within the Muslim American community.

Reem Nasr is a graduate of New York University, where she majored in journalism and Middle Eastern studies. Currently, Reem is a freelance production assistant with Everest Productions where she works on issues of science and technology. She has previously worked as a producer on WNYC's preeminent program, The Brian Lehrer Show. Reem is a contributor to PolicyMic, the first democratic online news platform to engage millennials in debates about real issues. She is of Egyptian and Lebanese descent and is interested in affairs of the Muslim American community. Fluent in English and Arabic she hopes to continue her journalistic work in America and abroad. Whenever she can Reem loves to explore new places and foods. She'll be pursuing a masters degree in broadcast journalism at CUNY this fall.

Fatima Ashraf is former Senior Policy Advisor on health and education to Mayor Bloomberg. She is responsible for several New York City initiatives including the Young Men's Initiative, the Health Literacy Fellowship, and NYC Anti-Youth-Violence Project. Prior to City Hall, Fatima was a social epidemiologist with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Fatima has been adjunct faculty at Columbia University, New York University, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and at the City University of New York. She currently consults for Health Career Connections, a national organization committed to empowering students of health professions to pursue careers in healthcare and public health. Fatima holds a Masters from the University of Michigan and Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin.

Saadia Aslam hails from Nutley, New Jersey. She is an art therapist in New York City. She has worked with Smile and the Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinic addressing substance abuse and addiction among teenagers using art therapy. Saadia received her Bachelors degree in Management and Global Studies from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and her Masters in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Saadia is a multi-lingual activist, proficient in Urdu, French, Arabic, and Spanish. She is an active member of the Muslim Democrats of New York, and enjoys photography, fashion, and biking.

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