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Asma Baban


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.


Updated 2017