March 31, 2016: Study in the USA Webchat – Muslim Student Voices


Participate in our next Study in the USA series program on Education in America: Muslim
Student Voices on March 31, 2016!  This month, a panel of Muslim international students with diverse backgrounds will discuss their unique and shared experiences, support networks, and challenges they faced coming to study at U.S. universities.

Join a live global webchat on the experiences of Muslim International students at universities in the United
States. Ask your questions about housing, student life, and campus support and more on March 31 at 13:00 Brussels time/CET: Join us via this link

There will be an audio-only player for low-bandwidth viewers to tune in. To
access, click on the grid icon on the lower right corner of the player. There will also be closed-captioning for
the English player. To access, click on the “cc” icon on the lower right corner of the player.

There will also be a visa expert from the Bureau of Consular Affairs available in the chat space,
ready to help answer visa-related questions!

Biographies of the Speakers
Arsalan Suleman is the Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He engages with
the OIC, OIC member countries, and relevant civil society on key foreign policy issues and works to deepen and
expand partnerships in areas of mutual interest, such as human rights, countering violent extremism, health, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Suleman previously served for four years as Counselor for Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). There, he focused globally on human rights policy related to Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion, and regionally on the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia.

Jumana Kamal works at the George Mason University Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education.
Jumana co-facilitates the cultural competency curriculum to the Mason community, and advises student organizations:
the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Access Islam (AI), United Muslim Relief (UMR), Project Nur, and UNICEF. In
working with students, Jumana focuses on facilitating positive, constructive environments conducive for leadership and identity development and cross-cultural dialogue. She received her BA from the University of Petra in her native
country, Jordan, and MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies at Mason. She is active in social justice projects that
counter narratives of xenophobia, with particular attention on the intersections of Islamophobia and racism.
Mohammad Behroozian i s a Fulbright Graduate Student from Afghanistan currently pursuing a master’s degree in
Television Producing & Management at Boston University. Focusing his studies on children’s television, Mohammad is
passionate about facilitating peace and sustainable development through producing educational television programs
for children in Afghanistan. He holds a bachelor degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration from the
American University of Afghanistan. Mohammad is currently working on producing a mini-documentary series about
Islamic centers in the US. This series aims to demonstrate the multiculturalism and coexistence that are major
characteristics of American culture on and off university campuses and is available here:

Ahmet Tarık Çaşkurlu is an undergraduate student from Istanbul, Turkey, studying at Georgetown University. He is a
junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a certificate (minor) in African Studies. He has worked as a research assistant at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), and conducted research on the Bosnian War and Turkey-EU relations. He studied abroad in Jordan and speaks German, Arabic, and some French in addition to native Turkish. He came to the U.S. to study the workings of the U.S. political establishment. He tries to be active in the MSA on campus and in the greater DC area Muslim community.