Omar Aziz is Ph.D student in the Education program with a Specialization in Higher Education and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Integrative Studies. Omar has worked as a Coordinator for Residential Education at UC Santa Cruz, taught 10th grade math with the Teach for America program in Miami, FL and separately taught in Ramallah, Palestine. He went to UC Santa Cruz as an undergraduate and remains a proud Banana Slug to this day. Omar later attended Rowan University in New Jersey for a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. In 2014, he received Rowan University's Tapestry Award for his efforts in promoting diversity, which included working with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and leading a campaign that worked alongside administration to develop Rowan University's inaugural Department of Social Justice and Inclusion. Omar is also involved within the Afghan-American Community as a Programming Chair for the Afghan-American Conference and co-founder of The Samovar Network, which is an online forum for individuals to discuss issues affecting the Afghan diaspora. His research and professional interests involve Muslim student identity development, sense of belonging, and hopes to use this to make universities more supportive towards marginalized communities.