Hira Azher

Hira is a Pakistani American who moved to Virginia ten years ago. She recently graduated from the University of Virginia in 2021, where she double-majored in Global Development Studies and Anthropology, with a concentration in Medical Anthropology, Ethics, and Care. During her college years, Hira worked in immigrant justice as the ESOL (English as a Second/Other Language) Program Director and co-founded Muslims United, an organization dedicated to creating an inclusive space to empower Muslim folx to connect spiritually, form community through faith, and resist systems of oppression. She also collaborated with Ilisio Lamakhosikazi (“Eye of the Women”), a women’s chronic illness care group, and Visionary Minds, a youth development and leadership group, both located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. During this project, she focused on the intersectionality of racial and environmental equity. Using her faith and lived experiences as her motivation, Hira is passionate about fighting for environmental justice through an intersectional approach.