Imam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchises in Manhattan.Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross interfaith and cultural lines on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007 Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department at the age of 24.
Most recently, Imam Latif was selected as one of 60 NYC leaders to serve on May Bill Deblasio’s Transition Team, helping to recommend and select individuals for key roles in the current NYC administration and also appointed to a “Task Force to Combat Hate” by NYC Public Advocate Tisch James to deal with the rise in Islamophobic, anti-semitic and anti-sikh sentiment in NYC.
Sumaiyah Ahmed graduated from NYU with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. Since receiving her degree, Sumaiyah has worked at a clinical research facility, A&E and Fitch Ratings. Currently, she is also working towards becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Before becoming the Director of Alumni Relations at the Islamic Center, Sumaiyah was an active member of the community as an undergraduate. Beginning with event planning in her freshman year and culminating with seats on the board during her junior and senior years, she endeavored to create a community devoted to all aspects of life: social, intellectual and religious. She uses her position in alumni relations to ensure that those who leave the university years behind them, don’t have to leave the community they have striven to create behind as well. Her hope is to continue to grow the alumni network into a global presence that offers members of the IC a community in every corner of the globe.
Aside from her work with the Islamic Center Alumni Association, Sumaiyah is also the founder of the popular h(alal)-train dining event, and regularly volunteers for local organizations.
Aliya Latif is a New York City community organizer, forever student of the civil rights movement and a believer in the power of the people.
She has a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in comparative religion from Barnard College, Columbia University. She was a field organizing fellow with the Bill de Blasio campaign during the 2013 NYC elections. Prior to that, she was a CORO Immigrant Civic Leadership Fellow – one of 25 emerging immigrant leaders to take part in a premier training program affiliated with the NYC’s Mayor Office.
She sits on the steering committee of the Muslim School Holidays Coalition and Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition. She co-leads IC Professionals.
Amira Shouman is a Program Coordinator at the Islamic Center at New York University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Art and Women Studies from Otterbein University. She spent a year in Boston as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Simmons College and the YMCA International Learning Center, working with adult immigrants and refugees enrolled in an English language learning program. Amirareceived her Masters in Higher Education/Student Affairs from NYU. She worked at The Ohio State University focusing on civic engagement initiatives and the Interfaith Youth Core’s Better Together Campaign, and at the NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service advising the Alternative Breaks program as well as student clubs. Amira is passionate about working with students of all identities and backgrounds and building communities that are open and inclusive to everyone. Her other interests include volunteering, social justice, interfaith initiatives, and identity development.