University of Southern California
Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC)
During her undergraduate studies at the University of California Irvine, Marya led several campaigns around issues of social justice and civil liberties. She graduated with a double-baccalaureate in English and Sociology in 2009. After graduation, Marya served as the Director for Mentors for Academic and Peer Support (MAPS), a UCLA organization started by the MSA that is dedicated to improving youth education in inner-city high schools. She also led the national advocacy campaign for the Irvine 11, a highly publicized trial of eleven Muslim students who were prosecuted for exercising their freedom of speech in pro-Palestine activism. After UCLA, Marya completed the prestigious Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, as well as worked as a Community Organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation. She is currently a Dean’s Merit Scholar at the University of Southern California, where she is completing her Master’s in Public Administration. This past year, she worked as a consultant for a strategic planning firm where she deepened her understanding of organizational development. She recently become the Director of Strategy and Operations for MSA West, an umbrella organization for Muslim student groups across the west coast.
Areas of interest
- Non-Profit Management