Cassie Garcia is a higher education professional committed to equity and inclusion within academia. Bringing over five years of experience in community building, event planning, mentorship, and administration, Cassie co-leads The Markaz: Resource Center at Stanford University, a space dedicated to supporting students who identify with the Muslim world. Cassie's work provides opportunities for all students to better engage with and learn from the complex and varied cultural, political and social dimensions of Muslim identities and experiences.
Cassie’s professional career has been driven by an interest in the Middle East and the broader Muslim World, and a commitment to disrupt Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim bias in the United States. Before coming to Stanford, she worked as the Engagement and Outreach Associate at Golden Thread Productions, the Bay Area’s only theatre focused on stories from and about the Middle East. In this position, Cassie had the honor of connecting audiences to art that celebrated the diversity of the region and challenged mainstream misconceptions and assumptions.
In addition to working at the Markaz, Cassie is a Masters candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at the University of San Francisco. In 2012, she graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a BA in history, with a focus on the Levant, a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and over three years of Arabic language studies. During her time at SFSU, she was selected to participate San Jose State’s Arabic Summer Language Intensive on full scholarship and completed Birzeit University’s Arabic Studies program in the West Bank, Palestine.