American Muslim Woman Participates in State Department Bridge-Building

March 30, 2006

Source: The Washington File

On March 30, 2006 The Washington File reported, "American Muslims seek the same opportunities and face the same challenges all Americans do as they pursue their hopes and aspirations of achieving the 'American Dream,' says Tina Kareema Dauod. Dauod, a graduate student and [US] State Department 'citizen ambassador,' discussed her experiences as a Muslim American and her work to build bridges between Americans and Muslims worldwide in a March 30 webchat marking the close of Women’s History Month. Dauod is a student of Arabic linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington. She also works for the U.S. Department of State on public diplomacy initiatives involving the Middle East and outreach programs to Muslims around the globe. Dauod is a first-generation American of German and Arab descent who is also a practicing Muslim... The webchat attracted a diverse and geographically dispersed audience. Questions were submitted from online participants in the Middle East, Europe, South, Central, and East Asia and Africa. Dauod particularly focused on the concerns and questions from young participants, such as those representing their schools in Tajikistan and Bangladesh... 'My goal is to work for my government and to build bridges of understanding between Arabs, Muslims, Americans, Europeans, and the rest of the world,' Dauod said."