In pursuing an MSc in Comparative Social Policy, Shayna aims to better understand the interaction between minority religious groups and policy in the U.S. and the UK. Shayna graduated with a BA from Dickinson College with honors for her thesis, Shifting Discourses of Tolerance: the framing of Muslim minorities in the U.S. and the UK before and after national traumas. While at Dickinson College, Shayna worked for the Religious Life section of the college’s Center for Service, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CS3).
Shayna spent a visiting year at Oxford, studying politics. She also researched British policy towards Muslim populations through Oxford's student think tank, OxPolicy. She now serves as the Public Relations Officer for OxPolicy.
Shayna has interned for the U.S. congressional offices of Ami Bera (CA-7) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), as well as with The Faith and Politics Institute, a congressionally focused non-profit organisation that focuses on inter-racial and inter-religious understanding. She serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit, the Salih Self-Development Center, which aims to provide opportunities to children in Ghana. She has also worked on several projects for the Fund for the Future of our Children, a non-profit, which aims to create youth leaders in interfaith and social justice work.