Ufaira Shaik

My name is Ufaira and I am currently majoring in biology. I went to a private religious school in Milwaukee that taught Arabic and Islamic Studies alongside the requisite courses like chemistry, calculus, and literature. Growing up in a Muslim household, I became more attuned to how my religion was portrayed. I quickly realized that the best way to combat the misinformation and misrepresentation of my faith was to have an open discussion with people of other beliefs. This led to my interest in interfaith dialogue. As I participated in various interfaith events, I realized how much we could get done if different religious groups worked together to affect a change on policy. Given the increased tensions between various religious groups, I believe the CRGC provides us with an important opportunity to collaborate while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation towards those of a different faith.