Meryum Kazmi is the Program Assistant for the Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University. She earned her BA from Georgetown University where she studied Middle Eastern and African American history. After working in urban education through AmeriCorps and BPE (formerly Boston Plan for Excellence), she became more interested in Islamic Studies and was a student, instructor and program manager at Fawakih, an Arabic institute based in Herndon, Virginia. Meryum also studied and taught beginner grammar at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and is interested in Arabic language, Quranic studies and the development of Islamic educational institutions.