I can tell you character traits I admire and work to develop in myself - perseverance, self-discipline, courage to stand up for what is right even when it is against one's friends or one's self.
Like one of any minority, I have experienced prejudice.
I'm not in the business of changing policies. I hope to inform, not form, decisions.
My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim.
I admire many people, but I am not sure that I have any 'heroes.'