Education is one of my passions.

I enjoy identifying urgent issues and weaving them into curriculum to be taught in workshops or college-level courses.

Sehba Sarwar with students at Baker-Ripley Community Center (Houston); photo: Michelle Garcia

I have offered writing workshops to youth and adults for more than twenty-five years, and have given talks and readings at campuses around the United States and Pakistan in spaces including Duke University (Durham, NC), El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX), Portland State University (Portland, OR), Fatima Jinnah Women’s College (Islamabad, Pakistan), Government College (Lahore, Pakistan), and elsewhere.

As visiting writer and adjunct faculty member at Writers in the Schools, Inprint Inc, the University of Houston, and other organizations, I have led long-term writing and performance art workshops for all ages ranging from K – 12 to college and to community members. Over the past two decades, I’ve led workshops targeting specific communities including Pakistani and Vietnamese youth, young women, and writers who tag themselves as “displaced.”

In 2014, I co-wrote the curriculum for Art and Activism, a class that I co-taught at the University of Houston in which students were introduced to visual art, music and text created by artists who are based around the globe and who are exploring social justice issues through their work.

In 2015, as part of my What Is Home? project, I led a high school workshop for immigrant and refugee youth while simultaneously offering a storytelling workshop for immigrant and undocumented women; both workshops culminated in performances where students performed their writings as well as stories generated by women participants.

If you’d like me to offer a workshop in your community or offer a talk on your campus, please contact me.

University Courses / Classes

Designed curriculum and co-taught Art as Activism undergraduate course for Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, Houston, TX; Fall 2014

Sehba Sarwar Center for Education
Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life) co-director Meenu Gaur and producer Mazhar Zaidi with Sehba Sarwar; photo by Logan Sebastian Beck

I collaborated with history professor Dina Al-Sowayel, PhD to design and teach a class through which students researched and interviewed artists based in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and elsewhere. Classroom activity also included visits by writers Hosam Aboul-Ela and Fady Joudah, and Pakistani film directors Meenu Gaur and Mazhar Zaidi.

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Workshop Facilitator, UCLA-Extension Writers’ Program, designed and taught Storytelling for Social Justice, Summer, 2019.

Visiting artist, Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, Houston, TX; Fall 2012-2014.

School Writing Project for Teacher Writing Workshops, Center for Education, Rice University, Houston, TX. Led many workshops series that served over 80 teachers around Houston, Houston, TX; Fall 1997–Spring 2001

Sehba’ s poetry is a product of her history and her unapologetic, realistic way of approaching life. When I read her poetry, I realize she is speaking straight from the heart, without reservations.

parent, Furr High School

I’ve learned how to get along with other people and how to give others the chance to know me. I also learned that no matter who I am and where I come from, I can do and set my mind to accomplish anything I want.

Creative writing student, Furr High School

I wasn't able to comprehend how profoundly Sehba had affected me until I found myself impatient to write, often anxious just to get my hands on a pen...It seemed as though at every turn, Sehba was there to urge me on. Her deliverance of voice and reason kindled a flame inside me.

— student, The Rice School/La Escuela Rice

CONTACT

I am an author and speaker, an artist, and a community and cultural activist.

If I can use my talents and passions to inspire you or your network to push boundaries and become involved in our communities, please connect with me. I offer a range of services including: readings, workshops, courses, or multidisciplinary performances/installations. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Sehba Sarwar Art Car
Front hood of my art car, Digital Meets Pakistani Truck Art, featuring stickers of buraq images from Karachi; photo by Burnell McCray