In her talk, Mushtaq shares how her diverse identity as a woman, Muslim, Somali, and American has contributed to her desire to know the world and to connect with the world. As a Muslim woman, Mushtaq prays five times a day and wanted to be able to connect to other Muslims. She and colleagues built an app called Pillar that allows users to see where others are praying, and allows them to come together to pray. Mushtaq is a fourth-year studying Public Health and Development Studies.
She is a VanderMolen Scholar, OIA Scholar and national Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar. Mushtaq holds many leadership roles in the campus community. She is the secretary of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, the Co-President of the Muslim Students Association, and the Chief Networking Officer for Pillar. She also participated in the LeaderShape Institute and serves as a Student Events Coordinator for Undergraduate Admissions. Mushtaq hopes to attain a Masters in Public Health and has dreams of obtaining a PhD to further a career in health policy, epidemiology and international development upon her graduation this May.