Team

Staff

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 Executive 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.

margari@muslimarc.org – SoCal

Board of Directors

Ahmed Alawami is a senior accountant with Signature Analytics. He is an experienced accountant and business advisor with real-world audit, financial reporting, business, training and research experience, and a portfolio of skills and knowledge that signal an understanding of how a changing business environment impacts the work of organizations across financial, managerial and regulatory axes. 

Namira Islam is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), an organization which provides racial justice education and training.

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.

namira@muslimarc.org – Metro Detroit

Advisory Council

Former Leadership & Support

"Many hands make light work." We deeply appreciate the work and efforts of former MuslimARC leadership and support, including:

Hind Makki, 2014 Core

Diala Khalife,  2014 Core

May Alhassen, 2014 Core

Dawud Walid, Advisor

Laura Poyneer, 2014-2017 Membership

Fatima Price-Khan, Media

Khaliff Watkins, Media

Samiha Rahman, Programming

Zara Nasir, Finance

Azza Altiraifi, Media

Arthur Richards, Programming

Anas White, Media

Safaya Fawzi, Finance

Tariq Touré, Campaigns and Trainer

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, AMEL Fellow

Hanifah Lum, AMEL Fellow

Ayesha Kazmi, AMEL Fellow

Hakeem Muhammad, AMEL Fellow

Rozena Raja, AMEL Fellow

Saeeda Islam, AMEL Fellow

Sajdah Nubee, reMARC Editor

Chiquita Williams, Trainer

Hasan Khalid, Tech Chair

Ernst Fenelon Jr., Leadership Associate

Amber York, Development Associate

Lamont Watkins, 2018 Intern

Aysha Jamali, 2018 Board of Directors - Communications

Makkah Ali, 2018-19 Board of Directors - President

Farha Tahir, 2018-19 Board of Directors - Vice President

Hazel Gomez, 2018-19 Board of Directors - Secretary

Sarah Mostafa, 2019 Board of Directors

Rasheed Shabazz, 2019 Board of Directors

Layla Abdullah-Poulos, Trainer

Julia Kassem, 2019 Intern

David J., Executive Assistant

Lejla Bajgoric, Detroit Programs Associate

Juniper Beaty, Donor Database Manager

Associates

Aamnah Khan began her MuslimARC journey as an intern. She is now working in Programming and Curriculum. 

Sergio started as Operations Associate in early 2020. 

Interns

Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative