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"Nevien provides audiences with a lively, authentic, and insightful opportunity to view marginalized people with a new lens by sharing her personal experience as a Muslim American woman, writer, educator, and mother.  Her empathy, knowledge, and quick wit transcends audiences despite differences.  She is unafraid to celebrate and share her faith, ideals, and experiences despite societal bias. With humor and humility, she is able to create commonality and build community among audiences representative of all gender, race, and ethnic identities." 

Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, University of Vermont Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs


"Nevien Shaabneh spoke at that 33rd Annual San Diego State University Writers Conference. This historic event drew editors, agents and writers from around the world. Nevien presented the workshop "Writing in Color," to a standing-room-only audience and held them rapt for the full hour. Her excellent presentation was informative, heart-felt, humorous and thought provoking. I highly recommend her as a speaker at any event, but especially events that want to promote diversity in the world."

Erin Quinn, New York Times Bestselling Author 


“After seeing Nevien speak on diversity at a writers conference I knew I wanted to hire her to come into my office to speak to our team about diversity and inclusion. Months later we are still talking about what we learned and using the materials and topics she discussed to better ourselves and our business. I strongly recommend anyone looking to build more diversity and inclusion into their own life and business look into hiring Nevien.”

Jessica Faust, President of Bookends Literary Agency


“I had the great fortune to hear Nevien speak as a panelist at the University of Vermont’s Blackboard Jungle Symposium.  She was so engaging, enlightening, and easy to connect with that she was brought back the very next year to have another session at the symposium  and also to spend time with students of color and Muslim students of color.  She was so easy to work with in a collaborative program between identity centers at the University of Vermont and Champlain College.  She made herself available to meet with a large group of students from both campuses.  I was pleased at the ways in which Nevien intentionally created a space for honest and difficult conversations to take place.  She modeled vulnerability with everyone in the room and in turn I believe that helped students feel comfortable to fully engage and be present. Nevien’s comfort in having conversations on a variety of topics was evident and overall I am so happy that we were able to bring Nevien and students together for conversations across life experiences and intersectionality around identities.  Even with conversations on hot-button topics, there was laughter and real camaraderie. Many students even stayed after to speak with Nevien individually and take photos with her.”

Dr. Sarah Childs Assistant Director the Mosaic Center for Students of Color