MVCDS 2017 Graduation Speaker
Zeba is a commentator and essayist who writes about how Islam intersects with race, politics, and identity within the U.S. She has published in numerous outlets, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, CNN, TIME and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to her own writing, Zeba is a senior facilitator with The Op-Ed Project, a social venture that trains thousands of women and other historically underrepresented voices on how to own their expertise and develop their public voice.
A community activist in a past life, Zeba founded Muslim-Americans for Obama in 2008 to mobilize Muslim voters around the country in support of the Obama campaign. Because of her work, she was recognized as a leading figure in the Muslim American community by the Obama White House. This fall, she will be attending Stanford University as a 2018 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow where she will focus her work on how to increase diverse viewpoints within the media.
After graduating from Maumee Valley, Zeba attended The University of Chicago where she received her BA/MA in Middle Eastern Studies and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy where she earned an MA in International Affairs. A Fulbright grantee, Zeba lived in Damascus, Syria from 2003-2004.