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Journalist Noor Tagouri to Speak at SBCC’s Dorantes Memorial Lecture

Santa Barbara City College presents Noor Tagouri, Journalist and Founder of #LetNoorShine Campaign at its 27th annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, November 15th. The free lecture will be held at the Garvin Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus, at 12:45 p.m.

About Noor Tagouri
Noor has achieved game-changing breakthroughs on her journey to become the first hijabi journalist on commercial U.S. television while establishing a strong platform to empower others to break normative stereotypes and realize their own potential in a multicultural society. Her passion for storytelling stems from a desire to expose cultural injustices and combat challenges women face globally.
Noor is a journalist and speaker who breaks down cultural barriers — from sexism to Islamophobia and more. While her storytelling and public speaking have drawn profiles in Marie Claire, The Washington Post and elsewhere, she's also launched #TheNoorEffect, a clothing line created to empower women and combat sex trafficking. Noor works out of Newsy's Washington, D.C. bureau but covers stories across the globe.

About the Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture
The SBCC Foundation established The Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lectureship Fund in 1991. This event was established in memory of a beloved second-year SBCC student and Mexican immigrant, Leonardo Dorantes. Touted as incredibly motivated and respected, Leonardo died in a racially motivated tragedy in November of 1990.  The Lecture Series is designed to heighten the awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic differences and shared commonalities in Santa Barbara.  

Noor Tagouri

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