We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Returned Unofficial Ambassadors continue the AUA mission of tolerance-building even long after the come back from service abroad. We’ve just seen a fantastic example in this project by AUA Tajikistan alum Okxana Cordova-Hoyos, who served last year with IRODA, an organization in Dushanbe dedicated to serving children with autism and their families.
Okxana helping during art time at IRODA
Using some of the Web skills she honed during her service, Okxana has launched I, Too, Represent America, a fantastic social media initiative aimed at encouraging dialogue about race in America. Here’s some info from the site if you want to take part.
Post a picture of your unique and diverse self and tag us on Instagram (@itoorepresentamerica), Twitter (@i2representusa) or Facebook . Caption it with what makes you special and be sure to add the hashtag #itoorepresentamerica. Spread the word to your friends and have them join in on helping to change what it means to be “true” American!