When I attended the University of Texas at Austin, our dorm -- Newman Hall -- was home to many girls from Iran.
I will always remember one: Katayoon. She was sunny, kind, thoughtful, and a builder of bridges across cultures. From Katayoon I learned about Zoroastrianism and how my friend was a minority in her country because of her beliefs.
She also told me that in Iran, I would have the same name as hers. I always liked that.
As so often happens with college pals, we lost touch after she finished her studies. But she has never left my thoughts.
Katayoon: Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for your safety and your rights. I am and always will be your friend.
Image of Katayoon Moghadam pottery by sfseperh.com