Nakita Valerio is a writer, researcher, and community organizer based on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, Canada. She is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, studying Qur’anic literacy and Moroccan women’s rural religious leadership. Her previous graduate studies were in Islamic-Jewish Moroccan history. She serves as an academic mentor for graduate students in the social sciences and served as the Research Director for the Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies (I-RSS) for nearly 3 years. Nakita remains the Editor-in-Chief for the RSS Journal with UAlberta Libraries, is the founder of The Nusaibah Collective for Muslim women, and is a student of Islamic sciences in Arabic and Qur’an with her shuyukh and at Ribaat Academic Institute. Nakita advises the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life, serves as the Faculty of Arts Representative for UAlberta Alumni Council and is an alumni representative on the University Teaching Awards Committee. She is the co-founder of a primary school in rural Morocco.