Taking back the narrative by telling our stories ourselves is just the beginning of creating positive perceptions around who Muslim women truly are.

The real work starts with YOU - our allies, friends, and fellow changemakers. You will be tasked with having courageous conversations about American Muslim Women, Islamophobia, and racism. RISE hopes to set you up for success by providing resources around how to share the Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota storytelling project with your community.

We hope these questions help promote thoughtful discussions, increase cultural competency, and create more empathy in the communities we live in. Use this guide in your classroom, book club, religious gatherings and other settings.

As these tools spark meaningful conversations, disrupt assumptions, and promote inclusion, don’t forget to share with us! Add your story below or email us at

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Activity 1

At your next book club, church meeting or community event, use this activity to facilitate a conversation. Select a Shero, read her story out loud, watch the video or listen to the podcast.

Discuss the following questions with a partner, a table group, or an audience:

  1. Why did you select this Shero?

  2. What was interesting about her story?

  3. Did you uncover anything you had in common with her story?

  4. What idea or assumption changed after hearing/watching/reading this Shero's story?

  5. What new information about Muslim women did you learn from this story? What pre-existing ideas did you have that were confirmed?

Activity 2

reflecting writing

Think about what you just read, watched or heard. What are your initial thoughts?

Reflection is: 

  • a form of personal response to experiences, situations, events or new information.
  • a 'processing' phase where thinking and learning take place.

There is no right or wrong way to reflect, but we offer you a few questions that may help guide your personal reflection:

  • What are your initial thoughts or feelings? Do you feel sad? Happy? Inspired? Angry? Empowered? Why?
  • Does this woman remind you of anyone you know? Why or why not?
  • What did this woman do that struck you as interesting or different?
  • What does the word "shero" mean to you? How is this woman a shero?