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Nabeel has been with The Tessellate Institute since 2011, leading the ‘Giving Ourselves a Voice’ filmmaking workshop before joining the team as a project coordinator. In 2014 Nabeel joined the TTI board as Secretary. Outside of TTI, Nabeel is the Network Coordinator for Social Enterprise Toronto, a network of social enterprises that are creating employment and training opportunities for marginalized people in the Greater Toronto Area. Nabeel has previously worked in international development and environmental sustainability alongside volunteering for multiple city-building and Pakistan-related initiatives. He studied public policy and administration in Toronto after business school in Karachi. @ns_ahmed



Nadiya is a PhD Candidate specializing in Political Sociology at York University. She brings extensive applied research and analysis experience, and has been part of a range of community-based research and programming initiatives in the GTA. Nadiya is passionate about impactful research and periodically publishes Op-ed pieces on issues of race, identity and social justice. Prior to her doctorate work, Nadiya has done graduate work both at Carleton University and SOAS-University of London in politics and international relations. Additionally, Nadiya holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. Currently, her doctorate focuses on exploring issues revolving around identity, belonging, resistance and marginalization.


Arij Elmi is a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and a junior fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto. She holds a bachelor and master degree in social work and is a clinician at Hard Feelings Mental Health. Arij is an instructor with Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defence where she focuses on Muslim/immigrant women and survivors of childhood sexual violence. She serves as a board member at Hard Feelings Mental Health and Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defence.


Roshan Arah Jahangeer is currently a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in the department of Political Science at York University, and a Course Director in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York’s bilingual campus, Glendon College. She was previously a research fellow at the Tessellate Institute from 2014 to 2017. Her doctoral research explores the transnational circulation of anti-veiling laws between France and Québec in the contexts of secularism, feminism, colonialism and islamophobia.


Shazlin Rahman is a Malaysian-born, Toronto-based city-builder, community organizer and freelance writer. Shazlin holds a B.A. in Journalism from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. In her current role at the Inspirit Foundation, she supports the creation of communications strategies and provides support to the organization’s grantees and network of young change leaders. Prior to moving to Canada, Shazlin studied architecture in Malaysia and Australia. She brings together her passion for city-building and equity through urban affairs writing focused on how Muslims, and Muslim women in particular, experience urban spaces. @shazlin_r

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