About Us

This American Muslim is the debut project of Project Prism, a non-profit organization that empowers marginalized communities to document and preserve their stories and lived experiences.  Project Prism initiates conversations about pressing social and global issues, fosters empathy and bridges existing divides between peoples of different cultural worldviews and social communities. Through in-depth interviews, storytelling, art, and other media and creative platforms, Project Prism pushes us to go beyond the mainstream grip of narratives fabricated by politics and popular culture, and see the world through another’s eyes; from an alternative perspective that brings truth to light. Project Prism cultivates a deeper understanding of people and cultures, from their position and through their experiences. Like the amazing spectrum of colors that unite to form a rainbow, Project Prism blends together the unique complexities that define each of us into something entirely more magnificent than our individuality.

Staff

Yalda Asmatey

As an anthropologist, Yalda Asmatey is committed to putting theory to practice by empowering the people around her to facilitate meaningful change in this world.  Born in Afghanistan, Dr. Asmatey and her family came to the United States of America as refugees in the early 1980s.  Her personal story coupled with her academic and global work experience breathes new life inside and outside of the classroom.  Dr. Asmatey earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley and has a background in ethnic studies and public health.  Asmatey  specializes in ethnography to study people and cultures, having interviewed hundreds of marginalized people both in America and abroad, documenting their stories, their struggles and their experiences.  Asmatey is adept at teaching and facilitating dialogues across a variety of identities and social issues.  She is the co-editor of Snapshots: This Afghan-American Life, the first anthology of personal narratives and poems written by first generation Afghan-Americans.

 

Jonathan Stoll

Jonathan Stoll is critical of our materialistic, hyper consumeristic culture, and believes that a paradigm shift in our economic systems and personal values that embrace diversity and build community are essential to ushering in more meaningful ways of interacting and living interdependently with one another. To this goal, Jonathan has facilitated difficult dialogues and coordinated social justice and multicultural programs as the Manager of the Diversity Center at California State University, East Bay, and founded San Jose State University’s Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center to provide a centralized clearinghouse for the recruitment and placement of students in service to their community. Jonathan currently serves as Oregon State University’s Director of Corvallis Community Relations to enhance neighborhood livability and inspire a shared responsibility for creating a healthy, livable and more inclusive Oregon State University – Corvallis community.

 

Board of Directors

Project Prism is a non profit organization incorporated in the State of Oregon, with legal and fiduciary responsibilities overseen by its Board of Directors.

  • Ismail Warsame
  • Michael Henthorne
  • Wendy Robinson
  • Allen Johnson