2016 Tailwind Scholarship Recipients
We recognize and congratulate these bright young Muslim students.
Vision of Business, Empowerment, and Breaking Down Cultural Barriers
Name Judi Obeid
School University of Minnesota
“I was raised in Minnesota nearly my entire life and sought to connect with my Muslim and Arabian heritage. There was a small arts group focused on Arabic calligraphy, music, movies and so on. I saw this as an opportunity to reach out to non-Muslims and show them we have a culture or writing, story telling and culture as well. Often times, a direct approach is not well received and art is a way to reach people without an agenda or motives because they come to learn and experience. We host a regular film festival which is in its 10th installment. It is through these communication vehicles we have been able to humanize Muslims, Arabs, Iranians, Afghans and any people who relate some form of Arabian influence. I recall after a poetry reading in downtown Minneapolis, a woman self-identified herself as an Atheist and said she heard the author was a Muslim from Tunisia and assumed the worst. It was after she read the work she felt she had judged the Muslim and Arab world too quickly.
So to put it simply, in the next 5-10 years, I see myself climbing the corporate ladder and helping other Muslims to the same. At the same time finding ways to expose my colleagues to the beauty which is Islam.“