Panel discussion at George Washington University featuring Prof. Amir Hossain and Melissa Rogers on a discussion about Muslims, America and the First Amendment… During summer 2010, I was sitting in a classroom at University of Virginia (UVA) to learn the First Amendment rights as part of the Study of the US Institutes (SUSI) Student Leaders exchange program. The students from three south Asian countries at the program were much enthralled contemplating the visionary promises outlined
Given the current dearth of American Muslims and other minorities in policy spaces, AMI & Georgetown MSA organized a panel of American Muslims involved in the think tank space. The panel’s aim was to provide insight into the role in which graduate Muslim students can play in influencing domestic and international policies. The panelists shared their own personal experience working in their fields, and the role policy making played in their careers. Georgetown student, Habon Ali introduced
AMI sponsored an essay contest asking American Muslim high school students to write an essay of no more than three hundred words on how to empower American Muslim youth in the field of media, journalism, advertising and/or activism. The top seven essays won a half day trip tour of different media and advertising institutions, including the National Press Club and the Newseum.
AMI Board member Dr. Sahar Khamis, Sr. Laila Muhammad and Imam Carlos Muhammad discussed the crucial role Muslim women played in history, recent and distant. Dr. Khamis spoke of the importance of overcoming and shattering stereotypes as a Muslim women reflecting on her own career and experience. Imam Carlos and Sr. Laila both spoke of the role the Nation of Islam played a being a voice Muslims in the early 1960s. Both noted that the