The Samovar Network consists of coordinators who also participate as rotating panelists.
Ali A. Olomi - Ali is a writer, historian, Ph. D student and Humanities Dean’s Fellow at UCI. He works on the history of the Middle East with a focus on religion, political violence, gender & sexuality, and empire and colonialism. His community work includes teach-ins for Ferguson, Palestine, and Afghanistan.
Dawoud Waziri - Dawoud is an active community member in the Afghan-American community. He co-hosts a weekly sociopolitical podcast called Currently Nerdy, and is a student who works in sales. Dawoud works with the Afghan-American Conference and organizes with charity organizations in the Orange County area.
Nura Sediqe - Nura is a Ph.D candidate in political science at Duke University in NC. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of race & gender. Nura was a Women & Public Policy fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also serves a convener of the Duke University's Race Workshop and co-chair of the Muslim Grad Student Association.
Omar Aziz - Omar is currently a Ph.D. student in Higher Education at George Mason University. He served in the Teach For America corps as a high school math teacher in Miami, FL. He has taught in Ramallah, Palestine and worked in different settings to build supportive communities for marginalized student populations at college campuses in New Jersey and California. Omar is on the organizing committee for the Afghan-American Conference.
Reza Hessabi - Reza is currently a medical student at Dartmouth University. He served as a Kaplan Instructor and former Community Organizer with the 2012 Obama Campaign. He works with the Afghan-American Conference and ACCESS in the Orange County area.
Ghizal Adina - Ghizal is a City Planner for the City of San Francisco, CA and an alumna of UC Berkeley and MIT. She works on the City's climate change adaptation plans to address coastal erosion, flooding, and sea level rise hazards as well as reviews development, transportation, and affordable housing projects in San Francisco. Ghizal is part of the City's Racial Equity cohort examining ways racial disparities are impacted or exacerbated in the built environment.