WEBINAR: MARCH 25, 2020
8:00pmEST - 9:30pmEST
This webinar will provide an overview of the coalition and offer relevant information regarding health, spirituality and coping. Join us for this important program. RSVP is required, spaces in the interactive webinar are limited.
Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, PsyD | Founder & President - Muslim Wellness Foundation & Black Muslim Psychology Conference
Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healing and emotional well-being in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training. Through Muslim Wellness Foundation, Dr. Rashad has established the annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference and the Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellowship for Black Muslim young adults. Dr. Rashad also serves as the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). She is the advisor to Penn Sapelo, (the first Black Muslim student organization at UPenn), and the Muslim Students Organization (MSO) at The Lawrenceville School. She served three years as the Muslim Chaplain at UPenn and continues to facilitate discussions on religious identity development and challenges faced by American Muslim youth. Dr. Rashad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and MEd in Psychological Services. She obtained further graduate education, earning a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRP) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.
Margari Hill | Co-Founder & Executive Director - Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
Co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a human rights education organization focused on building the capacity for racial justice in Muslim communities and training allied communities on the intersections of systemic racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. She is also a blogger, editor, and freelance writer published in How We Fight White Supremacy (2018) Time, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera English. She has six years full-time experience working full-time in community organizations and over 15 years as an educator in various capacities including instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, and online learning as well as graduate research assistant and teaching fellow in Middle East, African, and Islamic history. 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 transformations in Islamic education, colonial surveillance in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, interethnic relations in Muslim communities, and the criminalization of Black Muslims. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.
Imam Abdul Malik Merchant | Chaplain, Tufts University
Imam Abdul-Malik was appointed Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University in September, 2019. In this role, Imam Abdul-Malik offers mentorship and support to students across Tufts University schools and helps to coordinate programs and activities related to Muslim life on campus. He also supports Tufts staff and faculty and collaborates with departments and programs across the university. In collaboration with the wider chaplaincy team, Imam Abdul-Malik helps to foster opportunities for civic learning and leadership. Since 2017 Imam Merchant has been pursuing a Masters of Theological Studies at Boston University’s School of Theology specializing in practical theology. After his scheduled graduation in May of 2020 he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Work, with a focus on the decolonization of Islamic spiritual care and wellness.
Imam Tariq El-Amin | Director of Civic Engagement & Interfaith Services at Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Tariq I. El-Amin is the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago Director of Civic Engagement & Interfaith Services, the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa (Chicago), & host and producer of the Bridging the Gap with Tariq I. El-Amin podcast. Tariq is the former daily host/producer of Radio Islam USA on WCEV 1450am (Chicago,IL) where he conducted hundreds of interviews on politics, social justice, interfaith cooperation, activism and more.
In 2019, Tariq represented the Muslim community at the historic inauguration of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city’s first African American woman elected mayor, where he offered a prayer for guidance; at the Cook County State's Attorney’s annual Victim’s Memorial where he offered the invocation and benediction; at Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s expungement announcement at Trinity United Church of Christ where he (and other faith leaders) offered a moral framing for the announcement.
Tariq is currently completing graduate studies at Bayan-Chicago Theological Seminary focusing on Islamic Chaplaincy, and resides in Chicago's south suburbs with his wife, Dr. Aisha El-Amin, of 20 years and their three teen daughters.
Donna Neil-Demir, RN, BSN | Health Advisor, Zakat Foundation of America
Ms. Demir is a graduate of University of Southern California (USC) - Bachelor of Arts in music and performing arts. Donna then moved to Basel, Switzerland where she married and began raising a family. She would earn a second Bachelor’s degree in nursing specializing in adult medicine, labor/delivery and neonatal care. In 2001, Donna and her husband founded Zakat Foundation of America, a renowed international humanitarian organization which operates in over 42 countries. There she serves as health advisor. Being an avid traveler at heart, she has since worked at multiple clinics across several continents. In her spare time, Donna sings writes poetry, and writes about issues affecting Black Muslim women as she confronts issues of racism in the Muslim community. Raised in a Baptist Christian family, having a deep understanding and curious mind. Ms. Demir accepted Islam at the tender age of 23. Donna lives with her Turkish husband, four daughters, three rescued parrots and two cats in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.
Imam Nadim Ali, LPC | Imam, West End Community Masjid of Atlanta
Nadim S. Ali is a therapist and consultant from Atlanta, GA where he counsels, facilitates Stress Management, Pre-Marital, Couples Counseling, and Tai Chi sessions.
He has been actively involved in educating individuals about the dangers of substance abuse, HIV and Hepatitis prevention, and has counseled both adolescents and adult clients. Mr. Ali has presented to conferences in the U.S. and in the Middle East on the topics of Substance Abuse, domestic violence, and conflict resolution. He has also used alternative methods such as Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese slow motion exercise, as an intervention for the treatment of addiction and stress, and anger management.
Mr. Ali has a Bachelors degree in Communications from Shippensburg State University and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Georgia School for Professional Psychology. He has worked in the human service field since 1977. He has a strong interest in helping people overcome the psychological and spiritual blockages that contribute to individual and relationship dysfunctions. Mr. Ali helps couples identify destructive patterns that infect healthy relationships. He helps adolescents get over the hump of life called adolescence, and help them to navigate life without drugs and alcohol, and other dysfunctional behaviors. Mr. Ali also helps people identify the underlying causes of anger, and impart skills to increase emotional intelligence. He also specializes in relapse prevention to help recovering people attain, and maintain sobriety.