Several years ago, Abtsam, a Yemeni-American Muslim woman, traveled to the Middle East. While there, she noticed significant differences between the practice of Islam in Middle East and the practice in the American West. She began to study the rise of fundamentalism and Arabization of Islam and their impact on global communities. Through activist work with local youth groups, Abtsam developed an interest in transnational culture and human rights discourses, as mediations to the sudden shifts in Islamic tradition. She plans to continue her studies in Religion, Ethics and Politics by completing a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and a J.D. focusing on international law. Alongside her work and research, Abtsam seeks to create safe spaces for multiethnic American Muslims to grow, evolve and understand the necessity of social justice.