Who's involved Black Thrive team Mariyam Farooq Mariyam is a member of the founding team at Black Thrive. She has supported the launch of the initiative since August 2015. When she is not working on Black Thrive, Mariyam spends her time focusing on how to best support teachers and students around the world to foster civic action in school communities. She is the co-founder of One Square Mile, an organisation with a mission to ensure schools engage in the development of justice-oriented citizens necessary for open, fair and prospering democracies. Mariyam holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University.