For several years now, Sheza has worked to foster civic engagement among Muslim youth within their local community. As Director of Social Affairs of the Windsor Islamic Association (WIA) and a member of the City of Windsor’s Diversity Council, Sheza encourages youth to get involved with local causes and organizations, volunteer in their neighbourhoods, and to get actively engaged with the issues that matter to them. She believes that young people, specifically those coming from marginalized backgrounds, often witness themselves being defined by labels and stereotypes put upon them by others. Quite often, before they even have the opportunity to define themselves, they have to first struggle against the preconceived notions that society has about them. As a youth researcher she wonders, how do marginalized youth feel about their city, country, and community? Do they view themselves as valuable members of their community, or as outsiders looking in? How does this affect their engagement in their communities (or lack thereof)? What do they view as the societal and institutional challenges that contribute to this? These are the challenges that she seeks to address.