Namira Islam is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a faith-based human rights education organization which focuses on racial justice.
Namira previously practiced in poverty law in Flint, Michigan; worked in prisoners’ rights litigation; and interned in international criminal law and war crimes for the United Nations in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her legal background includes research on racism, global education standards, and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.
Namira has served on the boards of multiple Muslim student organizations and has fundraised and led crowdfunding efforts on behalf of Islamic Relief and charity: water, as well as for other causes, since 2008. She is an advisor to her late father’s organization, Diversified Educational Foundation (DEF), which invests in Bangladeshi orphans. She has nearly a decade of experience as a tutor and e-mentor for low-income students. As a graphic designer, Namira specializes in print design and has designed for the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. She has been freelancing for diverse clients in the United States and abroad since 2007.
Namira has delivered lectures and workshops on diversity, community, and justice across the United States, including at Harvard Divinity School, Michigan State University College of Law, and the Minidoka Pilgrimage. She has written for multiple publications and provided commentary and analysis on identity, current events, and social justice narratives for radio shows, documentary films, and other media worldwide.
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.
In 2010, Namira was awarded the University of Michigan’s Tapestry Award for “demonstrating a way of being that contributes to intercultural awareness and relationship building through … reflecting the values of social justice, multiculturalism, and diversity.” In 2016, she received El-Hibri Foundation’s Young Leader Award for “demonstrating collaborative and inclusive leadership in American Muslim communities.”
She tweets @namirari.
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Margari Aziza Hill is an adjunct professor, blogger, editor, and freelance writer with articles published in SISTERS, Islamic Monthly, and Spice Digest. She is the Co-Founder and Co-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 from elementary, secondary, college level, to adult education. She has worked in education at various capacities including as substitute teacher, instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, as well as teaching assistant and teaching fellow. She taught Writing and Literature at Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy, developed instructed an Art and Literacy class for Clara Muhammad Summer Camp and worked as a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Developer at United Muslim Masjid Summer Madrasa.
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. Her research includes colonial perceptions mixed-raced identities in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, transformations in Islamic learning in Northern Nigeria, and International student programs at Al-Azhar and Cairo University.
She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.
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Hasan Khalid is the Tech Chair for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a faith-based racial justice education and training organization. Hasan is a computer system administrator and graphic artist. He is a board member of Chill Don’t Kill (CDK), a non-profit community revitalization organization aimed at stopping the generational violence perpetuated amongst inter-city residents. He also serves in an official capacity with The N.E.E.D. Service, INC. an organization that works with at-risk youth, military veterans, and women experiencing homelessness. Hasan’s love of Islam and the sakina (tranquility) that it brings, combined with his fondness of technology allows him to offer a unique perspective for dealing with community economic issues. Creating economic bridges within the African Diaspora to reach self-sufficient community goals is just one of his end-game pursuits.
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Dr. Nadeem Siddiqi has been extensively involved in community activism at both the local and national levels for over 25 years. He has previously served on the MSA National Executive Committee as well as MAS Youth National Executive Committee during his student days. Dr. Siddiqi currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Family and Youth Institute (The FYI), a research and education non-profit. He is also an active member of MAS, the Muslim American Society, and previously served a term as the Chairman of its national Board of Trustees. Dr. Siddiqi holds a PhD in Finance and lives in Michigan with his family.
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Laura Poyneer is a technical support professional and a writer. She was a monthly columnist for Love InshAllah and her essays have been published at altMuslimah, Hindtrospectives, and Patheos altmuslim. She serves as MuslimARC’s Membership Services Chair, bringing new members on board and assisting them with technical issues. She has also organized social media campaigns for the organization and written for the reMARC blog. She is a student and volunteer with Rabata, an organization devoted to increasing women’s access to sacred Islamic knowledge. She is active on social media and also blogs about asexuality. Through her writing and activism, she seeks to amplify voices and issues that are often marginalized and to support organizations which work for justice in American Muslim communities. She is a convert of European-American heritage and lives near Seattle. Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University.
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We deeply appreciate the work and efforts of our former Steering members, including:
Hind Makki, 2014 Core
Diala Khalife, 2014 Core
May Alhassen, 2014 Core
Khaliff Watkins, Media
Samiha Rahman, Programming
Zara Nasir, Finance
Azza Altiraifi, Media
Arthur Richards, Programming
Anas White, Media
Safaya Fawzi, Finance
Tariq Touré, Campaigns
Sajdah Nubee, reMARC Editor
Sabina Khan-Ibarra, Membership
Special thanks to Dawud Walid.