Who We Are
Women Against Islamophobia & Racism (WAIR*) is a collective of educators, parents, and community activists from different ethnic, racial, and religious communities that formed in response to the alarming growth of anti-Muslim sentiment and actions across the United States. We aim to challenge Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia and connect struggles of identity-based discrimination. We will focus on the communal and psychological impact of hate speech and actions on youth and families whose needs have not been given adequate attention in the current political atmosphere. We will make our voices heard on critical issues impacting our communities and will draw on our varied experiences and backgrounds to link young people, educators, and organizers alike with curricular and other resources that will facilitate the creation of safe spaces, strong allies, and intentional communities.
*Thelma Jean Mothershed Wair was a member of the Little Rock Nine, the African-American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
Members of the WAIR Collective (for full bios click here):
Ujju Aggarwal, Dinu Ahmed, Nisaa Ali, Debbie Almontaser, Elly Bulkin, Mona Eldahry, Paula Hajar,
Devorah Hill, Maryum Khwaja, Julia Kristeller, Donna Nevel, Sarah Sayeed, Donna Schaper, Moumita Zaman