Shiza Shahid recently visited California State University San Marcos as a guest speaker for the Arts & Lectures program, sharing a presentation titled “There Are No Superheroes, Just Us: My Journey with Malala.” The presentation tied in with the featured book for CSUSM’s 2015-2016 Common Read program, I am Malala. Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai. Growing up in Islamabad, Pakistan, Shiza started her journey as an activist at a young age. She worked to help children of imprisoned women and served at an earthquake relief camp. When she moved to attend Stanford University at age 18, Shiza stayed involved in Pakistani activism. She reached out to then-11-year-old Malala to organize an entrepreneurial camp for local girls. After Malala was shot by the Taliban in 2012, Shiza visited her in the hospital and has been working closely with her ever since.

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