What is the Purpose of Your Education
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 251
Sponsored By: The Atlas Program Planning Committeee
Speaker: Shabana Basij-Rasikh
Shabana Basij-Rasikh, the Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Atlas Week Program, will discuss her path to becoming a social activist and how Saint Louis University students can get involved and make a difference in the world.
Born and raised in Kabul, Shabana finished high school in the U.S. through the State Department's Youth Exchange Studies program. She went on to attend Middlebury College, graduating magna cum laude in International Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 2011. In college, she founded HELA, a non-profit to empower Afghan women through education. She also raised funds across the U.S. to build a high school for girls in her ancestral village, and wells in the outskirts of Kabul.
In 2008, Shabana co-founded School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), a nonprofit that helps exceptional young Afghan women access education worldwide and jobs back home. SOLA scholars attend boarding schools, colleges and graduate programs in the U.S. and around the world. SOLA's mission is to provide these future leaders of Afghanistan with global educational opportunities so that they can-and will-return home to develop Afghan solutions to Afghan problems.