Leya Maloney is a second year student at Fordham University Rose Hill in the Bronx. She is on the pre-law track, with a double major in Political Science and Middle East Studies with a minor in Arabic. Currently she is conducting research in affiliation with IBM’s Watson Initiative concerning Affordable Housing in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys playing the cello, performing community service in the Bronx, watching Friends, and venturing off into Manhattan with friends to discover new hole-in-the-wall eateries. Growing up, Leya was an active member of her Muslim community by attending Islamic School, Quran classes, and weekly prayers at her Mosque. In more recent years, she taught Quran classes to preschoolers at her Mosque during Ramadan, and led food drives at her Mosque for the Muslim Women Institute of Research and Technology in the Bronx. As a Muslim American who embraces both identities, Leya greatly identifies with Cordoba’s mission of fostering a strong Muslim community that is confident in its identity as both wholly American and Muslim. She is the eldest of three, and has always enjoyed working with children.