Meet Our Team

Urooj Arshad

Urooj was born and raised in Pakistan and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16. She identifies as queer, Muslim and femme. She is the Director, International LGBTQ Youth Health and Rights at Advocates for Youth, where she manages a project of the International Division that builds the capacity of youth-driven organizations in the global south. She is a co-founder and current steering committee member of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), which addresses the intersectional impact of Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Urooj has been a member of the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health Leadership Network and its Faith and Reproductive Justice Institute. Urooj was the first out queer person to be accepted as a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. She is currently on the Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Global Advisory Board and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Board. Urooj served on the U.S delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.