Rasheeda Wilson is an aspiring journalist with plans of helping promote change within the Muslim community – turning our negative public image into a positive one. And her vision didn’t start with an epiphany. the drive was always there.
Studying a Bachelor of Communications, specialising in Journalism, at RMIT University, Rasheeda is particularly interested in the public media narrative of Muslims. But her true commitment lays in researching the philosophical underpinnings of society through the Western canon.
“I am interested in the intersection between the ‘east’ and ‘west’ and in re-imagining such narratives through alternative histories and philosophies as put forward by the younger generations,” she said
The 22-year-old, who identifies herself as Albanian Kosovan Anglo-Australian, currently volunteers with interfaith and community groups, is an RMIT Student Union member and was on the steering committee and the host of the Spirit of Youth Concert project.
She lists equitable employment, positive public identity and gender equality as the three major challenges facing Muslim youths today.
“We need to be at the frontline advocating for racial vilification laws, continued support of female leadership within our community and we need greater foresight in relation to media engagement and the re-imaging of public narratives around Muslims,” she said.
“I would like to see a shift towards an intellectual discourse with young Muslims that is not saturated with the language of de-radicalisation or of the delineation of the Muslim-non-Muslim identity as though one is greater or lesser than the other. We are erroneously focused on political positioning or public relations and often neglect our potential to flourish within the cultural landscape of society.”
Inspired by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) Rasheeda always felt that it was imperative that young Australian Muslims needed to lead the community to reform itself, whilst supporting each other.
“He is the teacher of all things in my life that bring me peace and direction,” she said.
Highlighting that her greatest achievement is yet to be accomplished, Rasheeda dreams of completing her PhD amid cats and books – working towards a career in academia.