Southern InterMSA Summit

Nurturing Leadership in the Mind Body and Soul: Exploring the Muslim Student's Role on College Campuses in a Contested Age

The Duke University MSA, in conjunction with the Duke Center for Muslim Life and Duke Islamic Studies Center, is proud to announce our first ever Summit on March 2 and 3! Sign up for a weekend of leadership and spiritual growth! Our speakers include Dr. Alaa Murabit, Tarek El-Messidi, Dr. Omid Safi, Ziad Ahmed, and Shajuti Hossain. In addition, there will be opportunities to network with fellow Muslims from all over the nation. Summit activities will include meaningful lectures from our experienced speakers, skill building workshops, small group activities with other MSA members, and much more! All MSAs are welcome. Please visit for more information regarding the program and sign-up. As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Inshallah, we hope to see you there!


Alaa Murabit

Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Alaa was most recently appointed the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, LLC. The Phase Minus 1 team provides thought leadership in conflict resolution, inclusive security, peace building, sustainable development and security cooperation.

Tarek El-Messidi

Tarek El-Messidi was listed among 2012’s 500 Most Influential Muslims worldwide. In 2001, he co-founded Fast-a-thon, an event that raises money to feed the hungry when non-Muslims try fasting for one day. After earning an MBA and working at Procter & Gamble, Tarek founded CelebrateMercy, a non-profit that teaches about Prophet Muhammad through webinars and films. Tarek directed FeedTheirLegacy where 300 Muslim groups across 30 states collected 200,000 meals for the hungry.

Omid Safi

Omid Safi is the Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He is the past Chair for the Study of Islam, and the current Chair for Islamic Mysticism Group. In 2009, he was recognized by the University of North Carolina for mentoring minority students and won the Sitterson Teaching Award for Professor of the Year. Omid has been among the most frequently sought speakers on Islam in media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NBC, and CNN.

Shajuti Hossain

Shajuti Hossain is third-year law student at Duke from Raleigh, NC. While an undergrad at Duke, she majored in Public Policy and Economics and was the president of MSA. During law school, she co-founded the Muslim Law Students Association and interned at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in DC, Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho (a plaintiff's side employment firm) in Oakland, CA, the North Carolina State Board of Education, and the North Carolina Justice Center. She is currently applying to workers' rights jobs in the Bay Area

Ziad Ahmed

Ziad Ahmed is an 19-year-old freshman at Yale University. He is an American-Muslim-Bangladeshi social justice activist, and he is unapologetic about it. Growing up in Princeton, New Jersey, Ziad reflected on his role in this world, and he's resolved to innovate, create, and ideate in order to maximize his impact. Ziad founded a teen organization, redefy (, committed to defying stereotypes, redefining perspectives positively, embracing acceptance and tolerance, and creating an active community in September of 2013.

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