Maryam Amir received her Master’s in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her research focused on the effects of mentorship rooted in Critical Race Theory for urban high school students of color. She holds a Bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University, where she served as the President of the Muslim Student Association for two consecutive years. Currently, she is pursing a second Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies through Al Azhar University's distance learning program. Maryam spent time studying the Arabic language and the Quran in Egypt and has memorized the Quran. She holds a second degree black belt in the martial arts form Tae Kwon Do. Maryam frequently travels to work with different communities on topics related to spiritual connections, social issues and women’s studies. She writes for www.virtualmosque.com and www.aljumuah.com and is a lecturer with Hikmah Institute.