Cards Against Bigotry

Imagine the old woman in your life. Maybe she lives in a cramped apartment like yours, or across your suburban fence, or on the other side of your county road. Imagine what she thinks about when you say “the Middle East.” As someone who loves and has lived in the region, when she hears that phrase […]

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If you wanted to buy a deck and hadn’t gotten the chance…

I just finished a new site where you can buy more copies of the Notable Women in Computing Card Deck, for the same prices you paid through the Kickstarter. Through that site you can also pre-order the first completed daughter project of this Kickstarter, a deck of cards showcasing inspiring technical women who are emerging […]

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In search of an Iftar

Last night I wanted to celebrate Iftar. It was the first night of Ramadan in Washington, D.C. (though the second in Virginia, where I sleep), and I’d never had the privilege of being in a Muslim-majority nation during that holy month of food and family, daytime fasting and nighttime feasting. With a number of Muslim coworkers and […]

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A letter to a 16-year-old girl going to live in Qatar

A friend from Qatar asked for my help with an assignment she got: enable a 16-year-old girl who’s moving to Doha, Qatar with her family to gain some cultural competency. She reached out to me because while she knew what it was like to grow up in Qatar, I had experience coming there as an adult […]

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We are America and we do not hate Muslims

A friend posted this on Facebook. It’s a blog of images of Americans saying something which we should not have to say, but which today‘s ignorant coverage reminded me more than ever we must say: We are America and we do not hate Muslims. I joined in evincing solidarity by posting making this image my profile […]

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