Ustadha Maryam Amir received her master’s in Education from UCLA, 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. She holds a second bachelor’s in Islamic Studies from AlAzhar University and has memorized the Qur’an. She is a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and writes for virtualmosque.com and aljumuah.com. Maryam is a lecturer with Hikmah Institute and frequently travels to work with different communities on topics related to spiritual connections, social issues and women’s studies.