Mission Statement

Other Collective is a student-run an online and print media platform dedicated to covering the issues and culture of South Asian, Southwest Asian, North African (“SWANASA”) communities (including Indo-Carribean/Fijian/etc.) and combating biased orientalist media coverage, distorted representation, and narratives of these communities.

Why the geographic distinguishing?

We seek to reframe and de-colonize portrayals of our communities and reject misrepresentative boxed categories of our identities.

Many people’s identity from the aforementioned geographic regions is not represented accurately within the provided options under the “race” category, and thus they would rather check off “Other.”

Why De-Colonizing?

Years of colonization have distorted aspects of Southwest Asian, South Asian, and North African communities as compared to those of the West. Western media tends to portray “Eastern” culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and dangerous. 

“De-colonizing” is the opposition to that; it is dismantling the distortion that comes with Western depictions of our culture, our conflicts, and our identities. We aim to encourage the expression and representation of regional identities by the people of those identities on their own terms.

Meet our Editors!

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Sanskriti Sharma
Editor in Chief

Radhika Marwaha
Managing Editor

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Meghana Vemula
Finance Manager

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Hannan Waliullah
Design Editor

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Shana Khan
Content Editor

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Saniya Mohiuddin
Content Editor

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Chris Alam
Content Editor

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Megana Bobba
Photography Editor

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Ayaa Osman
Illustrations Editor

Sindhura Modali 
Social Media Manager

Salma Hassen
Website Manager

Yalda Saii 
Copy Editor

Kimia Akbari
Founder/Advisor

Meet our Staff!

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Sarah Arafat
Social Media Team Member

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Greta Meshi
Social Media Team Member

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Sameet Mann
Social Media Team Member

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Shaira Zaima
Social Media Team Member

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Rishika Adoni
Writer

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Zara Shaikh
Writer

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Ritobrita Mishra
Writer

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Sona Bhargava
Writer

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Deepa Singh
Writer

Zahra Raza
Writer

Puneet Gill
Writer

Hla Elkhatib
Writer

Omar Altamimi
Writer

Gursavan Khatkar
Illustrator

Maria Fernanda Rosales Garzona
Illustrator

Kiran Poonia
Illustrator

Emaan Riaz
Illustrator

Kavika Kapoor
Illustrator

Micaella Sanchez
Photography/Multimedia

Gursimran Kaur
Photography/Multimedia

Zena Lababidi
Photography/Multimedia

Daniel Bazargun
Photography/Multimedia

Marissa Colón
Designer