Laila Shadid is a journalist and creative writer. She is passionate about promoting understanding of the Middle East, especially Palestinian human rights. Laila is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology with a concentration in Law and Society. She is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fenjan, the university's first and only academic journal on the Middle East and North Africa. After graduation, Laila hopes to pursue a career in the Middle East and continue telling stories that need to be told.