Salam people! I'll keep this short - there's a lot more I want to do for MSA, and I want the chance to keep building on what we've already done. ^_____^
Position(s) Interested in: Outreach
Salam! I am a junior studying Journalism (public relations) with a plan to go to law school iA. I’m running to be outreach chair for shurah because I have two goals for MSA: 1. bring outreach and community service together and 2. increase the presence of MSA on campus. One thing I admire about shurah this year is how much they accomplished in community service efforts. One thing I would like to improve is expanding our efforts, so in addition to helping the Muslims in the area, we are also helping the general community. This is where outreach will come in. I want MSA to be an organization that other groups can come to for collaboration. When other organizations are putting together fundraisers or collecting donations, I want them to know that they can rely on us to help. By showing other organizations that we as Muslims care about the issues they face and the problems they’re trying to advance, it will create a sense of community. That collaboration is what is going to increase our presence and show the general community that Muslims are reliable and that we care about issues that don’t necessarily impact us. I have a lot of ideas, and I want to see improvement! I hope your vote will let me bring this passion to MSA.
Position(s) Interested in: Social
Hey guys! I'm a junior studying business and psychology. I currently work for Sports Programs at Campus Recreation. My connections with Campus Recreation will come in handy for events such as SportsFest and any sports related events we could have. I consider myself a very social creature. Honestly, the best way to improve my mood is by surrounding myself with friends! MSA is a family, but sometimes I feel like we forget that. I am going to hold more social events, may it be as a study break or a fun activity on Thursdays/Fridays for us to get together. I know it's hard when we all have school, but for the sake of our mental health we should try! I don't want everyone to refer to Shurah in a negative way. Every member is just as important and influential as Shurah, which is meant to serve the people. I will be open to any suggestions; you can ask or suggest anything to me. I only want to make MSA an amazing experience for everyone.
Position(s) Interested in: Development, Community Service, Faith
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
MSA has and will always be our family and local masjid on campus for all Muslims. It is there in our high and low points, whether we feel down and in need of help, or whether we want to express our happiness and reconnect to Allah. I wish to be a part of the Shurah to keep this goal in mind and grow this organization. My past experiences of tutoring refugees families led me to understand the current status and issues that we need to solve. Our tutors are motivated to help out refugees, and day by day, we are meeting and helping more families. Even though we are limited in the amount of drivers we have, our future goal of raising money for the van can solve this problem. Also, with my background in statistics, I will use my abilities to optimize the connection of tutors to the refugees. Another focus I would like to achieve this year in MSA is creating a long term plan for the muslim house. We can collaborate with the local masjid or invest the money in a Islamic fund. By using short term goals, we can raise the funds for the house. Lastly, I would like to improve the communication between shura and the msa members. Thank you, Ahmet Hatip
Position(s) Interested in: Community Service
I have a vision for MSA to expand beyond our comfort zone. I believe that in order to truly make an impact in the society in which we live in, we need to focus on local communities. For instance, we can start a variety of projects where we could help the homeless population on franklin and around the chapel hill carrboro area such as project downtown and rescue missions. MSA could also partner with other religious organizations through service and create much needed dialogue with these other groups in order to give dawah and service our communities simultaneously. I also envision community service to be a mechanism through which anyone can use as a stepping stone to create their own projects and engage with the community in ways they feel comfortable. I want members to think of community service as more than volunteering but as a way to get closer to their faith through things they want to do. Essentially, my vision for MSA aid to work from the bottom up where by servicing our local communities would allow us to make a bigger global impact one day (iA). My qualifications include being on the board for some small organizations such as Pencils of promise. I’ve also been involved with MSA throughout my freshman and sophomore year, of which i used to work with refugees a lot, and because of the relationships I’ve built and the experience I’ve acquired from being involved within community service, I feel I have the knowledge of what can be improved and maintained within the community service branch of MSA.
Position(s) Interested in: Publicity, Community Service, Outreach
Being a Black, African, Muslim woman with multiple identities has prompted me to join Shurah to help foster an MSA community that is inclusive of all identities. MSA Shurah can create this safe and inclusive space by reaching out to other Muslims on campus, inviting diverse speakers to address important topics facing our Muslim community, and providing educational opportunities for MSA members. MSA should be a space where everyone feels welcome. I also would like to join MSA Shurah to build partnerships with other organizations to build the capacity of MSA and also to strengthen MSA’s voice on UNC’s campus.
Position(s) Interested in: Publicity
As Publicity Chair, I hope to greatly expand our efforts to establish a permanent home for Muslims in Chape Hill. Considering many of the tasks required by this position - maintaining mediums of communication, representing MSA in the community, informing the members of MSA about relavent events, etc. - I believe that my rigourous involvement in many other campus organizations such as Nutriton Colation and AED Health Society have crafted my organizational and planning skills to cater to this role. With my skills and the responsibilities required by this position, I can help MSA in its goal of establishing a positive Muslim influence on this campus, and further strengthen the bond between the members that comprise this organization and the rest of UNC’s student body. As a side task, but equally important, I would like to work closely with our Community Service chair to further build our refugee program. Having spent the last year as a part of this program, I recognize it’s potential and the obstacles hindering that potential as well. I would like to help raise awareness of it in our organization and the campus at large to increase involvement in the program. Furthermore, I want to advocate for more resources to be concentrated in our refugee program, and hope to do so by capturing and portraying to the great work that it has accomplished.
MSA is one of the biggest clubs at UNC and there’s many things to do many different ways. With our connections and budget, I believe that outsourcing to different events is very important, while developing inner-MSA relationships regarding different diversity groups. I want to commit to better -and funner- events where the broader goal of representing Muslims isn’t forgotten.
Position(s) Interested in: Community Service
Following the Omar Offendum concert to which my group was able to bring our refugee family and experience the artist, I watched in joy as the sons of the family recited Omar’s verses and melodies, down to the breath. The experience alone confirmed my desire to create more of these moments, not just with my family but with the entire community UNC MSA is involved with. As chair of community services I bring to the table a humble wealth of knowledge and personal exposure to the insides and outs of this honorable task. I seek to bring the Muslim community in Chapel Hill and the various communities of refugees across the triangle closer than ever. From scoping out interesting, relevant events and performances on campus to scheduling tours for families who have children ready to advance their education, the possibilities grow each year for this once-in-a-lifetime volunteer opportunity. The base of this chair is well defined thanks to the efforts of the previous chair holder, I simply wish to expand on his ideas and dreams for this influential group. My ambitions for this chair, however, exceed the boundaries of refugee volunteering, collaborating with the numerous religious organizations on campus to not only better student life on campus but town life within neighboring communities, from blood drives food drives and joint cultural events. With your help we can turn these ideas into a brighter reality.
Position(s) Interested in: Community Service
Salam! My name is Israa Wajih and I am running for community service chair. As a rising Senior, I have had extensive experience in working with various projects alongside MSA and other organizations. Working with the refugee tutoring program for two years has allowed me to see many of the needs that these families have while integrating into society, as well as the current challenges and drawbacks of the program. Many of these families do not have the proper educational support needed to enhance their English and basic academic needs, as there is no current regular assistance program available to meet with these families on a daily or almost daily basis. Thus, they have not been able to receive consistent support. I hope to work closely with the current chair in order to learn and expand on his vision, ideas, and experience from holding this position for the past year. As community service chair, I will share the many ideas I have for expanding the current refugee tutoring program (and other projects as well) and strive to see the improvements I aim for be made.
Position(s) Interested in: Community Service, Events Coordinator, Faith, Outreach
Salam, For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Lubna Heikal. Unfortunately, I’m only a first-year, however MSA has been a huge part of my journey this year. It has given me the opportunity to partake in community service, such as working with habitat for humanity and working with refugee families every Thursday. The relationships I built with a lot of the members in MSA, and the refugee families is one that I appreciate dearly. Most importantly, this organization has given me a place to cry, nap, pray, and seek advice from others during a hard year n my life. It is truly a “home away from home” and I want to make sure everyone has this experience when they come to our events. Thank you!
Position(s) Interested in: Publicity, Social
Assalamualkum everyone, My name is Huda Tauseef and I am a junior majoring in public policy here at UNC. The two positions I’m interested in are publicity and social chair. With either of these positions, I hope to return the close bond between members that this organization has long been known for. During my time at UNC, MSA has been a place of familiarity and personal growth for me, but I realize that this experience has not been the same for everyone. This is why I want to create events where more members feel comfortable and included, like the No Talent Show. I participated in this event elsewhere and took the initiative to bring it to MSA. The purpose of this event was to create a pressure-less environment for everyone to showcase their true selves. I also hope to give a voice to individuals who have ideas on how to achieve these goals. Finally, I hope to collaborate with different chairs, specifically the faith chair, to create engaging events that are of relevance to today’s Muslim American youth. My experiences with different organizations around campus like Student Government and UNC AMWHO have taught me what it’s like to work with a group of people and how important it is to recognize that on a team, every person has different strengths and weaknesses. I hope to translate all the conversations and ideas about the far reaching potential that this organization has into a reality! Walakumassalam, Huda Tauseef
Position(s) Interested in: Publicity, Outreach
Salaam everyone! My name is Malak Harb, and I want to be your next publicity chair. You’re probably wondering why you should vote for me, but I’m actually going to tell you all of the reasons you shouldn’t. You shouldn’t vote for me because creative content is a huge passion of mine. You shouldn’t vote for me because I’ve created websites, ads, and videos for three major companies including eWheelsUSA, Girls Who Code, and Wordpress. You shouldn’t vote for me because I am soon to be the first Palestinian American Muslim Women to become a pilot or that I have tremendous aspirations in the Computer Science world. You should vote for me because I’m ready to take all of these qualifications and build an image that reflects the heart of MSA and all of the amazing individuals that contribute to it. I wan’t you to keep me in your minds when you vote because I want to give back to the school and this specific organization that helped me so much into my transition into UNC. Without certain members I met through MSA, or certain life-changing MSA events I wouldn’t be up here today to return the favor in the most Malak way possible and that is through my strengths- all things.. Publicity!
Position(s) Interested in: Community Service, Outreach
Hello my name is Marium, I will be a junior in the fall of 2018. Similar to many of you, MSA has been an integral part of my UNC experience. It has allowed me to connect with friends and mentors, as well as provided an avenue for me to grow both in faith and community. As an MSA at-large member, I have worked on task forces and volunteered. The most rewarding opportunity has been my weekly commitment to tutoring refugee families over the past two years. The goal of this program has been to help integrate these families into the larger fabric that is America and in the process of doing so, these families have shared with me tea, memories, and valuable lessons on resilience, leadership, and service. It is for this reason that I have chosen to run for MSA, I want to apply what they have shared and instilled in me. A few goals on how I hope to manifest this is by building MSA's network by joining CARS (Coalition of Awareness, Resistance, and Solidarity), which includes other large organizations on campus including BSM, Chispa, Hillel, the Caribbean Student Association, and many others. Moreover, I would like to gauge the interest of other MSA members at-large, learning of their passions and goal and find volunteering or service opportunities that reflect such passions and goals. MSA has done an amazing job connecting me with my peers, alumni, distinguished faculty, and other professionals; next year I hope to have the ability to help connect you and your ideas to MSA and the broader UNC community.
Omar Hilal Shaban
Position(s) Interested in: Development, Faith
“Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give zakah will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve." – Surah Al-Baqarah [2:277] The Muslim Student Association brings together a diverse and passionate group of people like no other organization on campus. At the heart of the MSA lies faith (or Imaan) in Allah (SWT) and his Prophets (peace be upon them). Faith is what unites us all, despite our differences, and brings us closer together and to Allah (SWT). That’s why I’m running for Faith Chair on the MSA Shurah board of members. My goal as Faith Chair will be the same as my goal as a Muslim: I plan to uplift our Imaan and encourage excitement and education when it comes to Islam not just among ourselves, but also among our non-Muslim peers on campus. Whatever happens in my remaining three years at UNC, I ultimately want to leave the MSA in a better place than it was when I started, carry forward the Islamic virtues that make us stand out as a community, and continue to do the righteous deeds for which Allah (SWT) promises great reward.
Position(s) Interested in: Development, Publicity, Community Service, Events Coordinator, Outreach, Social
Student life is a balancing act, it is hard for every college student but especially we as Muslim students sometimes deal with visible societal discrimination, which can penetrate any campus atmosphere. Muslim students provide individuality for campuses, which should not be ignored but cherished. By positively welcoming Muslim students on campus and creating opportunities to express their culture, MSA provides opportunities for all students to benefit. Having been a member of the MSA community for almost a year I have developed a major admiration and respect for the students who work and volunteer in the MSA. I am truly amazed by everyone's efforts and engagement in the community and I want to take upon a role that would both allow me to grow and learn as a person and also allow me to leave my mark and help MSA with its mission to provide UNC students with the opportunity to come together in a supportive and uplifting Muslim environment and to educate and raise awareness about Islam in UNC and Chapel Hill communities.
Position(s) Interested in: Events Coordinator
When I began my freshman year, my friend group consisted of a few people: acquaintances from back home, former classmates from middle school, and that one girl I spoke to at orientation. As the semester went on, that small group began to shrink, and the only student group I was in was the UNC MSA. As I struggled throughout my first semester to make friends and find my place on campus, the members of MSA were always there to give advice and words of encouragement. The many events put on by MSA, including the majors panel, intersectionality chai chat, game night, and 13th screening (my personal favorite), allowed me to break out of my shell, make new friends, and learn from a wide array of perspectives.. Every person in this group has changed me for the better, and now I want to contribute. With my experience working on the Metrolina Phoenician Club Young Adults youth group committee in Charlotte, I have developed a passion for planning and leading charity events and youth events to create a stronger bond in my community. As a Shurah member, I want to facilitate cohesion in the Shurah itself and Shurah and MSA members. The bake sale during Sportsfest was a great opportunity for me to bond with upperclassmen because we were able to collaborate for an important cause. I hope to promote more events like this so that future MSA members and current MSA members can continue to form relationships. I also hope to increase engagement through more consistent programs like a book club. My ability to be patient, thoughtful, and level headed makes me a candidate well suited for Shurah. I look forward to collaborating with other members to make next year’s MSA to grow to be even greater than it is today. I hope to bring another year of faith, fun, and friendship to MSA in the new year inshaAllah.
I believe like many others that MSA is a family. My passion for making the organization feel like home away from home is very important. The way I intend to make everybody feel included involves reaching out with all members so that every voice can be heard. MSA is a very crucial organization on campus for us all, and my passion for the organization and it’s memebers is why I want to continue to contribute to the success of MSA and to expand its success. Through my commitment and passion I strive to make the MSA a home for us all.
Position(s) Interested in: Publicity, Community Service, Events Coordinator, Faith, Outreach, Social
I would be a good candidate for shurah because I am a very easy-going, sociable, and approachable person. I can get things done and am good at coming to collective solutions; I can work with any personality type to reach a conclusive decision. I have been involved with MSA for two years and want to help make big changes to include and welcome new and returning members to our organization. MSA has played a huge role in my life and brought me friends I'll never forget. I hope to ensure this can be the case for MSA members of 2018-2019 and following years.
Turkan Banu Karatas
Position(s) Interested in: Development, Community Service, Events Coordinator, Faith, Outreach
My name is Turkan Banu Karatas and I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I am studying Global Studies and am a person who enjoys interacting with different groups of people. I think that MSA has the potential of bringing the muslim community together, but also reaching out to different organizations and groups of people to have a broader impact in our community. As I am finishing my first-year in NC I have decided to run for the elections, because this is a platform I am happy to commit my time and energy. I want to work together in making MSA an even more open and rich organization.
Position(s) Interested in: Events Coordinator
Salaam! My name is Yakin and I'm running to be on Shurah next year. My past 3 years here have been amazing because of the experiences that MSA has given me. I want to spend my last year giving back to the Muslim community and making members and incoming first years' UNC experience as great as mine has been. I was freshman rep my first year, so I have already been on Shurah and have a feel of how everything works. This year, I am coming back with a lot more to contribute and qualifications that will help MSA achieve its goals. I am running specifically for Event Coordinator because I work in Events Services in the Union, so I have already been coordinating logistics, sales, and financial aspects of MSA events for the past two years. My substantial knowledge of how events work as well as having someone who is well connected in the Union will be a great asset for MSA. I want to continue the expansion of the alumni network next year; I and two others were in charge of starting the initiative last year and creating the building blocks for the network, so that is something I would like to continue to work on. Furthermore, I hope to push for restructuring the way Shurah works and the way it interacts with the MSA body. My goals for next year are: inclusivity, organization, and dedication. These will be achieved by working towards a more horizontally structured leadership model, bringing back committees to further engage members, increasing our capacity to plan, enforce, and initiate, and most importantly by influencing personal and social growth through strengthened spirituality and faith. Thank you for reading, JAK!
Zain Munaf Lakhany
Position(s) Interested in: Development, Outreach
I believe that I have a very strong background in building connections and managing finances that I have gained by working in my family business. I have a versatile set of skills that I think could positively contribute to the organization that has introduced me to some of my best friends. I would love the opportunity to give back to our small Chapel Hill Muslim community and I hope that the student body will afford me the opportunity to do so by letting me play a small role in bettering our collegiate experiences.
Position(s) Interested in: Publicity, Events Coordinator, Outreach Social
Salam, my name is Nour Zarrouk and I served as MSA's First-year representative this past year. I have enjoyed my time immensely with the UNC MSA and would wish to continue my involvement. Being on shurah this past year I have gained a greater understanding on how MSA is structured and organized. With this I can help program and plan the plethora of events that MSA has to offer.I have also had many leadership positions and with each position, I have taken pride in the responsibilities assigned to me. Being part of shurah, I have gained an even greater passion to be a part of this wonderful organization. However, I have also realized what needs to be improved on in the upcoming years. I want to Create an organization that has room for anyone, making MSA an open community where people feel comfortable sharing their ideas and being expressive of what matters most to them. Even if you're Muslim or non-Muslim there is always a place for you in MSA. I hope to continue contributing to the diversity with my gained experiences and new ideas.