Born in Pakistan to a Kurdish father and an Afghan mother, Asma has been exposed to diversity since birth. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Asma’s academic interests align with her passion to embrace the difference in this world. Her recent research on Iraqi refugees was one attempt in doing so. From interning at the Mayor’s Office in Detroit to volunteering with local non-profits, Asma’s experiences have allowed her to listen to stories that often get overlooked. Through listening to the stories of others, she believes understanding can be accomplished. She hopes to share the stories of the marginalized, disenfranchised, underrepresented diverse populations in her future work. Asma plans to achieve this goal by pursuing a joint Ph.D in anthropology and history.
Asma is the 2020-2021 Detroit Grant Competition Recipient. This grant from $500-$5,000 focus on projects by Fellows and Senior Fellows that address equity and community-centered development in Detroit. For more information click here.
More from Asma Baban
Detroit Grant Reflection: A Pocket Park in Dexter-Lintwood
A reflection by Asma Baban on her Detroit Grant project, a pocket park in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood of Detroit
Asma Baban wins Humanity in Action Detroit Grant Competition
Senior Fellow Asma Baban is the recipient of the 2020 Humanity in Action Detroit Grant competition. Her project "Parks&Lite" will work on community revitalization, placemaking, and urban development in Detroit.
Halal Metropolis Virtual Exhibition
As a research assistant at Halal Metropolis, Fellow Asma Baban worked to bring the project's inter-disciplinary exhibit on Muslim visibility in Southeastern Michigan to the virtual world.