Our Next Chapter: Transitions at MuslimARC
From Co-Founder Namira Islam Anani
Greetings of peace.
I'm writing to you with some news: this week, I am transitioning out of my role as Community Engagement Director and into a board position at the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. It's been my honor these last six years to build MuslimARC from the ground up into an organization that creates spaces for learning, connects multi-ethnic networks, and cultivates solutions for racial equity.
As one of the co-founders along with Margari Hill, I can happily and humbly say that MuslimARC has grown in ways I never could have anticipated. Since our founding, we have reached nearly 25,000 people in 50 cities across the United States with our workshops, events, and speaking engagements. Our trending social media campaigns have gone from online hashtags to art galleries, video interviews, and textbook articles. We have crowdfunded for the most directly impacted among us, amplified underrepresented voices in traditional and grassroots media spaces, and sat at convening tables nationally and locally to ensure the MuslimARC vision and our communities’ interests were present.
For better and for worse, the COVID-19 pandemic is serving as a reset for many teams. As MuslimARC has changed over the years, we've often revisited our internal structure to assess what each of us in leadership personally needs and what steps will best move our robust anti-racism work forward. Last year, I moved into my current role after serving as Executive Director for 5 years. During this pandemic and through my recovery from COVID-19, I've reflected deeply on my capacity and role as staff at MuslimARC. I strongly believe bringing in new staff tailored to meet the day to day needs of the organization will be an important step for sustainability as we move into the next stages of our strategic plan. I know that our Executive Director Margari Hill has worked tirelessly to ensure our continued success and she and our powerful, talented, and dedicated incoming board will continue to steer us forward through this pandemic. Like many other community-based organizations at this time, we are taking additional steps now to revisit our programs and operations so we can streamline as much as possible for the months to come. As the work moves forward, we will be soliciting feedback and announcing those updates.
Thank you for supporting MuslimARC through its journey from a volunteer-only startup into a growing community-based institution. I'm looking forward to staying involved in a different capacity as board member and hope you'll continue amplifying, supporting, and engaging with our work as we move into the next chapter. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
Namira Islam Anani
On Behalf of the Interim 2020-2021 Board
On behalf of the board, we are grateful to Namira for her founding vision, upon which Muslim ARC is built, and will continue to thrive with her on the board.
Our organizational changes come at a challenging time for our society as a whole, and our board and our staff are rising to meet the moment. We have several new members that have joined our dynamic board, including grassroots organizers, imams, creatives, lawyers, non-profit leaders, and academics. We are excited to send out introductions to all of our board members after they are sworn in later this month. Together, our board and staff is redoubling our commitment to ensure growth and continuity for the organization at this time.
Our Executive Director and Co-Founder, Margari Hill remains the organization’s greatest asset—she has set our vision, led foundational groundwork, and built deep relationships with donors, community members, and organizations on the ground. We know that because of her unwavering commitment to this work, Muslim ARC's support for frontline leaders, organizations, and communities who are building in the face of challenges new and old will continue unchanged. Especially now, we know our clients, comrades, and supporters need resources to be delivered quickly, and webinars, curriculum, and tools that are responsive to their needs. Our commitment to this is unwavering.
Our robust team will continue to advance our unique approach to providing the anti-racism and anti-bias tools that Muslim ARC has become known for: collaborative, transparent, and accountable, with community voices at the core. We are confident Muslim ARC will emerge with a stronger, clearer vision that empowers the communities we represent and are charged to serve.
Interim Board 2020-2021
Imam Mik'ail Stewart Saadiq
Mirriam Seddiq, Esq.
Dr. Berthena Nabaa-McKinney
Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik
Imam Johari Abdul Malik
Namira Islam Anani, Esq.
Published June 5th, 2020