Trainer Bios

Mehlaqa Samdani is the founder and director of Critical Connections, a non-profit organization in western Massachusetts that educates the larger public on issues related to American-Muslims and other targeted communities. Critical Connections focuses on issues of Islamophobia, national security, civil rights and liberties, and U.S. foreign policy, among others, through regular panel discussions and the production of a community television show in partnership with Amherst Media.