Join us on October 8th to honor the dedicated Muslim women activists, academicians and government officials that serve our country.
The guest speakers of this evening represent hundreds of Muslim women who have dedicated their life to serving the community, protecting our civil rights and ensuring equal representation in all walks of life, including politics.
Linda Sarsour is a workingwoman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Linda has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading NYC force of activists, formerly incarcerated individuals, and artists working to reform the New York Police Department and the criminal justice system.
Dr. Dalia Fahmy-Political Science Assistant Professor
Dr. Fahmy is an assistant professor of Political Science at Long Island University where she teachers courses on US foreign Policy, World Politics, International Relations, Causes of War, and Politics of the Middle East. Dr. Fahmy’s current research looks at the changing role of Islamists in the democratic future of the Middle East.
Dr. Fahmy has two books in the works that look at the future of political Islam and the role of liberalism in the Middle East. She has published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the affects of Islamophobia on US foreign policy. She has been interviewed by and written opeds in various media outlets including ABC, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and appears often on Aljazeera.
Dr. Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. In 2014, Dr. Fahmy was one of the recipients of the prestigious Kleigman Prize in Political Science. And this year was awarded the Newton Prize for excellence. She is also a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy. Dalia is an ISF 2009 Scholarship Recipient. She also serves on the ISF Board of Directors and Selection Committee.
Rashida Tlaib-Elected Official
Rashida Tlaib was the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature. Politically, her legacy is largely her accomplishments fighting budget battles and shaping legislation on numerous social justice issues. For Rashida’s constituents, her legacy centers on her creation of a neighborhood service center, which provided direct advocacy on issues and anti-poverty services to thousands of people.
Currently, Rashida is the Community Partnerships &Development Director at the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice and advisor to the Campaign to Take on Hate, a racial justice movement to prevent the increase of hate crimes.The first to attend college in her family, Rashida received her bachelor’s in political science from Wayne State University and her law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. She lives in Southwest Detroit with her family.
For more information or to sponsor the event, please contact Somayeh Nikooei at snikooei@IslamicScholarshipFund.org