Sana graduated in May 2018 with her third graduate degree, a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Sana wrote her senior seminar thesis on rising trends of multiple religious belonging and interfaith marriages in the USA – and how that impacts American culture.
Born in Manchester, UK she moved to the USA when she was sixteen. As a dual citizen, she grew up in a Pakistani home with the fortune of learning Urdu, Punjabi, as well as, English. Her upbringing inspired her love for traveling. Hence, she has traveled to twenty-seven countries so far.
She became interested in Unitarian Universalism, after being hired as a Director of Youth Ministry for the UU Church of Arlington, where she frequently was asked the question, “What is a Muslim doing working in a church?”. Since then she’s been immersed in UU and Muslim communities through various interfaith endeavors and hopes to become one of the handful of UU Muslim ministers’ part of the UU community today. Professionally, she has had eleven years of work experience in the areas of youth organizing, religion and peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue, and youth leadership and development with organizations including the Interfaith Alliance, Unitarian Universalist Association and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
From 2013 – 2015 Sana lived in Tokyo, Japan as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Her research took her to Yangon, Myanmar to document ethno-religious tensions between Burmese Muslims and Buddhists, which was published in the book, Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work in February 2016.
Sana loves coffee, burgers, pizza and Indian food. She also loves meeting new people, and looks forward to building a home in Philadelphia and at UPenn.