THE NEW SCHOOL, PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Maliya is majoring in Global Studies and Creative Coding at Parsons School of Design. Her academic studies have allowed her to focus on the intersections between code, law, and social justice. Post-graduation, Maliya aims to use her knowledge of computer science and human rights advocacy to directly engage in educational efforts to empower marginalized communities.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
I am inspired when I see a visibly hijab-wearing Muslim woman like myself in tech or when I witness women of color breaking boundaries in the field of technology and law. Some of my inspirations stem from Nadah Feteih, Saima Akhtar, and Cierra Mcdonald. When I read about all of their accomplishments and what they have done, I think to myself that I want to make a similar change after higher education someday. I especially enjoy analyzing algorithms that produce powerful and valuable information for real-world situations. I’m interested in programming because I have a passion for tech, creativity, and finding solutions. I love the mental challenge that programming presents and the possibility of being able to conceive a new idea.
IF THERE WERE NO BARRIERS OR CONSTRAINTS, WHAT PROJECT WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK ON?
I would love to work on a data visualization project that showcases the effects of violent border making. In particular, I want to highlight the 1947 partition (of India and Pakistan) through visuals and showcase the relationship between ethnic violence and migration.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
Currently reading: Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir by Ather Zia
Currently listening: The Qarawiyyin Podcast