Mrs. Shaimaa Zayan is the Lifelong Leaders Afterschool Club Teacher Assistant in Austin, Tx. She is a Texas certified teacher and holds a master’s degree in Special Education from UT Austin. Shaimaa has an initiative personality and an eagerness to learn, facilitate, communicate, and empower others. In her spare time, Shaimaa enjoys the beautiful nature of Austin, learns about healthy lifestyles and wellness, or cooks delicious Mediterranean food for her family.
Shahzeen Karim is the Immigrants Rights' Director for CAIR-Texas Central-North (CAIR-TX CN) representing the united offices of Austin and Dallas Fort-Worth.
Shahzeen, a proud Chicago native, has an extensive background in immigration law after working in both the public and private sector. In the area of employment immigration, she represented small businesses and national corporations in the tech industry seeking nonimmigrant classifications for H-1B specialty occupation workers. On the family-based immigration side, she successfully received approvals for immigrants applying for a variety of benefits, such as Naturalization and Citizenship, Waivers of Inadmissability, Violence Against Women Act and U-Visa cases for victims of crime, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, Deferred Action, Affirmative Asylum, and Fiance visas. Though she received an offer to work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in San Francisco, she ended up litigating asylum removal defense cases for a private firm weekly in federal court there.
Shahzeen is particularly passionate about domestic violence related cases and has worked with numerous non-profit organizations advocating for victims since 2011.
Prior to her immigration law practice, Shahzeen litigated several criminal cases in Illinois state court, including charges of drug possession, assault, burglary, drivers license, intoxication, manslaughter and other offenses during her time working at the State Attorney's office in McHenry and Cook County, and also during her practice as a criminal defense attorney.
Shahzeen received her J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in 2011 and graduated cum laude with Bachelor Degrees in both Criminal Justice and Philosophy from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She was in the mock trial team during undergrad and law school and led
her team to the Nationals during her years as captain, winning numerous awards along the way.
William White is the latest addition to the CAIR team in Texas. He was hired as the Government Affairs Manager to encourage civic engagement, build bridges with elected officials, and politically empower the Texas Muslim community.
William was born in London, England, to a British Australian father and Irish Texan mother. His family moved to Texas when he was one year old. His family settled in West Houston, the world's energy capital, where he and his brother grew up as native Houstonians.
At the age of 20, William converted to Islam while attending Houston Community College. Through hard work, he transferred to the University of Houston (Go Coogs!), where he majored in Political Science, Alhamdulilah. In his final semester of college, he worked as a policy intern at CAIR-Houston. For William, Texas is home and is a place of adventure for him and his wife.
In his free time, William enjoys reading history and political science books. He actively trains in martial arts, particularly Brazilian Jujitsu at Gracie Barra. He holds a black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate and a green belt in Japanese Jujitsu.
William believes that Texas is one of the most critical political states in the nation. The vibrant and growing Texas Muslim community has a significant role to play in the future of Texas. Alhamdulilah is excited to be part of the CAIR family and eager to use his role as the Government Affairs Manager for positive change with the help of Allah (SWT).
Nick recently obtained an MA in applied anthropology from the University of North Texas, completing his thesis research on experiences of employment among recent refugees living in Dallas. The only way to bring about social and legislative change is through continuous grassroots engagement, and Nick is grateful to be part of the work that CAIR-Texas does to educate about Islam and advocate for justice and mutual understanding."
Sabeeh Anjum is pursuing a MS Accounting degree at The University of Texas at Dallas focusing on the Professional Accounting track. Sabeeh also obtained his undergraduate degree from UTD in Psychology. Sabeeh has worked at Baskin-Robbins for four years where he has been promoted over time from server to assistant manager of operations. After promotion, he has managed inventory and recommended shipment quantity for his supervisor to order for the store each week. He also has prepared the store multiple times for inspections and under his leadership, the team of employees once achieved the highest franchise inspection score of 94%. From these experiences he has developed inventory management and leadership abilities. Sabeeh also worked at DFW Driving School where he worked as a receptionist and office administrator. Here he processed payments of driving class registration, behind-the-wheel practice, driving license tests, and late fees. This demonstrated his organizational and mathematical abilities because of the heavy record-keeping involved with hundreds of customers’ invoices in a weekly period. The biggest chunk of Sabeeh’s volunteer experience comes from weekends spent with the Boy Scouts of America. After achieving his Eagle Scout final rank and award in February 2017, Sabeeh has been devoted to follow the tradition of previous Eagles and give back to the community by guiding younger scouts to successfully complete rank requirements and merit badge objectives at campouts and regular Sunday meetings. Years of scouting experience have strongly developed Sabeeh’s communication, outdoor, and creative skills. With this diverse background, Sabeeh hopes to learn new skills and further develop them with CAIR-TX DFW.
Sabeeh is very excited to be working with CAIR-TX DFW to assist primarily with community outreach. What attracts Sabeeh to this engagement is the community service aspect of this organization. Because he is a graduate of a bachelor’s in psychology, he is very drawn to organizations like these since they not only help to boost a community image at large, but also empower individuals to feel better about their practices and beliefs. Sabeeh has a combination of interpersonal skills, several years of experience serving masaajid, and a passion for helping people going through a hardship. The first two of these three things will help Sabeeh to work in a team to accomplish the community outreach aspect of this job, while the third will drive Sabeeh to passionately work with CAIR-TX DFW and really feel like he is an active part of this organization who is working for its continued success. At the end of it all, Sabeeh sees himself being an excellent team player by not only working on his assigned part but also going above and beyond on expectations set by the CAIR organization and all of his other team members.
Mustafaa Carroll began his civil rights advocacy at 14 years old and became the NAACP Youth Council President in his hometown of Gary Indiana at 16 years old. He is the former executive director of the Houston Texas Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (June/2010 – July /2018), the United States largest Muslim grassroots civil rights and advocacy group with over 30 offices nationwide. CAIR's mission is “To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims”.
Prior to Carroll’s arrival to the Houston office in June/2010, he served on the CAIR-TX DFW board from 2004 – 2006 and the Executive Committee as Board President in 2007. He was appointed executive director at CAIR-TX, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter from June/2007 – January/2009, and served as immediate past Board President until his arrival at the CAIR-TX, Houston office in June/2010. He has volunteered regularly for Rotary International’s Camp Enterprise, the ExCel Ex-Offenders Feed –the- Homeless program, Citizens for Peace and Justice, and a host of other community activities. Carroll has served on several boards including the Shura of the North Texas Islamic Council (NTIC), Masjid Al-Islam, Dallas, the Dallas ACLU Board; the Islamic Medieval Studies Group (IMSG), the Make-A-Wish foundation of North Texas, the National bone Marrow’s Committee entitled African Americans Uniting for Life (AAUL), the advisory committee of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and he was a founding member and Chair of Humanitarian Day-DFW Event for 5 years. Carroll currently serves on the CAIR-Houston Board, the Board of directors for Masjid At-Tawhid, the board of the Coalition Of Community Organizations (COCO), the Board of Directors for New Star Kafala, a Muslim adoption and child advocacy agency based New York (USA), and the board of the Houston, Texas chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Carroll was the recipient of the Houston Peace and Justice Center’s “2013 Peace-maker of the Year Award”, the 2017 CAIR National Leadership Award, and the AnNisa Hope Center 2018 Civil and Human Rights Leader Award, and the 2019 CAIR National Leadership and Service Award.
Under Carroll’s leadership, CAIR-TX co-founded and/or joined several coalitions. Sample coalitions include: the Civil Rights Coalition-Houston; Project Harmony – coordinating council working towards ending gender based violence in the South Asian and Middle-Eastern communities in Houston; “Beloved Community” coalition: to actualize Dr. King’s vision for America; Partnered with the “Wage Theft Campaign”; the “Justice for Janitors Campaign”; National Muslim Youth Coalition; Greater Houston Coalition for Justice; Interfaith Ministries Women’s Committee; the Texas Coalition for Racial Justice; the Healthcare is Human Right Coalition and the C.L.E.A.R Justice interfaith activists campaign for socio-economic justice in the fifth ward (Houston).
Faizan Syed is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Dallas Fort-Worth Texas (CAIR-Texas DFW), a chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. He began his new role on October 14th, 2019 after being the Director of the Missouri Chapter of CAIR for 8-years.
Faizan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. He attended Kirkwood High School and was the Vice-President of his senior class. He then studied at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. During his sophomore year, he witnessed the Iowa Caucus which helped him decide to change his degree from Astronomy to Policial Science. He graduated with a degree in Political Science in 2010. Upon graduation, he returned back to St. Louis and was offered the position of Executive Director for CAIR-Missouri, becoming one of the youngest Executive Directors of CAIR.
Faizan is also a co-founder of A Continuous Charity Foundation, the first Muslim charity empowering American Muslims to pursue higher education through College preparatory courses and providing interest-free student loans.
Faizan is passionate not only about defending civil rights, combating bigotry, and building a world in which all people are treated with compassion and respect, but also about empowering the American Muslim community. He has helped launch and supports various Muslim charities and causes.
Faizan is a professional and inspiring public speaker who routinely gives informative and engaging presentations at Universities, Schools, religious institutions, youth programs and much more. He's a regular speaker on T.V., Radio, Print, and Online media outlets providing insight on a variety of topics.
While serving as Director of CAIR-MO Faizan witnessed the aftermath of the Joplin Mosque Arson, the defeat of Missouri's anti-Sharia legislation five times in a row, the deaft of the anti-BDS legislation twice, the Ferguson protests, and has worked to bring justice to countless families suffering discrimination. Faizan is not afraid of engaging with all people regardless of political belief and potential hostility. He was thrust into the media spotlight in 2016 when he passed out doughnuts at a Trump rally in St. Louis in order to engage in conversations and build bridges with Trump supporters. He is more than happy to dialogue with people who have different opinions because he fundamentally believes that the best way to build bridges is by actually building bridges with those who think differently than you.
Faizan is happily married to his Jordanian wife and has two beautiful children. He enjoys spending time with his extended family and keeping the bonds of kinship. He speaks English and Urdu fluently.
Faizan firmly believes that history doesn't repeat itself, but in reality, human nature never changes. That every nation and time will have their own struggles and injustices and he is truly blessed to be in a position where he can stand for justice.