Speakers and Trainers

We have speakers, facilitators, and trainers well-versed in various aspects of racial justice education located across the nation.

You can also visit our MEREI Directory for an alphabetical listing of non-MuslimARC experts: MEREI.

View the locations and specialties of our MuslimARC-authorized speakers and trainers below:

Margari Hill
Title: Programming Director

Location: SoCal

Formats: lectures, panels, academic presentations, inter/intra-faith circles, youth, workshops

Specialty Areas: (coming soon)

Short Bio: Margari Aziza Hill is an adjunct professor, blogger, editor, and freelance writer. She is the Co-Founder and Programming Director of MuslimARC, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, an organization focusing on Education for Liberation. After converting to Islam in 1993, her life experiences as a Black American woman have informed her research and writing on Islam, education, race, and gender. She has nearly a decade of teaching experiences at all levels and has worked in education at various capacities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.

Namira Islam
Title: Executive Director

Location: Metro Detroit

Formats: lectures, panels, academic presentations, inter/intra-faith circles, workshops

Areas of Focus: (coming soon)

Short Bio: Namira Islam is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a human rights education organization which focuses on racial justice. Namira has previously practiced in poverty law, worked in prisoners’ rights litigation, and interned in international criminal law and war crimes for the United Nations. Her legal background includes research on racism and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. Namira was born in Detroit, Michigan to Bangladeshi parents and currently resides in Metro Detroit. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the Michigan State University College of Law. She tweets @namirari.

Layla Abdullah-Poulos
Title: MuslimARC Facilitator

Location: NY

Formats: lectures, panels, academic presentations, workshops

Areas of Focus: (coming soon)

Short Bio: Layla Abdullah-Poulos is adjunct faculty at SUNY Empire State College. She holds an MA in Liberal Studies and an advanced certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Abdullah-Poulos is the project manager for NbA Muslims, a cultural project highlighting the heritages, experiences, and cultural productions of native-born American Muslims of African American, Indigenous, Latinx, and European descent. She also serves as a New York Trainer for the MuslimARC and a US Correspondent for AboutIslam.

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Title: AMEL 2016 Fellow

Location: Philadelphia

Event Types: lectures, panels, workshops

Areas of Focus: (coming soon)

Short Bio: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is an educator with over ten years of experience teaching youth and providing professional development. She has earned a Bachelors in Education from Temple University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She is motivated by her belief in education as a means of achieving equity, social justice, and community empowerment and she currently works as a Curriculum & Instruction leader and teacher at Girard College, a boarding school that serves low income youth. She is an AMEL 2016 Fellow with MuslimARC.

Hakeem Muhammad
Title: AMEL 2016 Fellow

Location: Atlanta

Event Types: lectures, panels

Areas of Focus: (coming soon)

Short Bio: Hakeem Muhammad is an African-American Muslim thinker and activist from Chicago. He has has taught African American philosophy and Critical Race Theory at Spartan Debate Institute at Michigan State University and Cal State debate and Speech Institute at UC Berkeley. As an advocate for social change, Hakeem has delivered workshops on protest rhetoric for Harvard Debate Council and has worked in the African-American Male initiative at West Georgia tutoring in political science, history, and English. He is currently a 2016 MuslimARC Fellow.

Previous MuslimARC Trainers:

  • Chiquita Williams
  • Tariq Toure