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U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council Student Group @ American University
Chai Talk Series: Invest 2 Innovate (i2i) with Kalsoom Lakhani

The mission of the Student Chapter is to promote discourse amongst the American University community about the challenges of Pakistani women seeking economic empowerment. By bringing dynamic Pakistani experts to campus, through Chai Chats, movie screenings, and the student mentorship program, the Student Chapter is able to create meaningful dialogue on campus.

While the mission of the Council is to increase women's economic participation in Pakistan through entrepreneurship, employment, and education, it is the Student Chapter that conveys the importance of U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationships on the American University campus. For example, people-to-people ties are forged between American University students and the Council's Summer Sisters participants through a mentorship program.

Chai Talk

In Pakistan, drinking tea is an important part of the culture and many conversations occur over a traditional cup of black chai with biscuits or cookies. Beginning in January 2015, the Student Chapter started a program called "Chai Talk." Each Chai Talk session features change makers who speak about their work to the AU community over a cup of tea. Guests are invited to speak about their careers and journey into fields of entrepreneurship, public policy, social work, or business space.

Mentorship Program

The Student Chapter at American University seeks to build relationships between students at AU and in Pakistan through a mentorship program. We seek to develop a partnership with schools and/or colleges in Pakistan so that we can develop mentor/mentee relationships amongst the student body.

The preliminary purpose of the program is to:

A. Build mentor/mentee relationships between female students in Pakistan and at AU

B. Create dialogue and cultural understanding between Pakistani and AU students

C. Create partnerships with educational and professional institutions between the U.S. and Pakistan

D. Provide professional and career advice to students; assist students with school related concerns

E. Assist with editing and proofing of job, internship, or higher education applications 

F. Provide resume building tips

G. Inform students about career and job opportunities

We hope to impact the female students positively by helping them achieve their professional and personal goals through this mentorship program. We want to make a positive impact on the lives of young Pakistani women.

Contact Information

For general inquiries the Student Group can be reached at

Student Group Members:

Nimra Zia - Finance and Events -

Mahnoor Hussain - Marketing -

Hibba Munir - Supporting Member -