AEP Welcomes New Board Members
DAISY KHAN (NYC) is Executive Director of Womenâ€™s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), a NYC based non-profit dedicated to building a unified, compassionate change movement of Muslim women and men committed to creating a peaceful and equitable environment. Khan lectures in the U.S. and internationally and has won awards for her work. Her current project involves helping U.S. Muslim communities to counter radical Islamist ideology in concert with law enforcement communities. When presenting role models for young Muslims, Emir Abdelkader is featured as a prime example.
DARYL BEALL (IA) received his MPA from Drake University. He was a newspaper editor, publisher, columnist; served three terms in Iowa Senate and chaired joint House-Senate Intâ€™l Relations and Veterans Affairs Committees; and was commissioner for Education Commission of the States. Daryl was a charter board member of US Center for Citizen Diplomacy, served on the Iowa International Center board and currently serves on the Drake University International Advisory Council. He has led international delegations, received many honors and has been involved with establishing Sister City relationships.
Fundraising Campaign Begins
AEP IS LAUNCHING A SERIES OF OUTREACH MEETINGS with business leaders, other funders and potential allies who could help expand programs, operations and growth capacity over the next two years. A goal of raising $300,000 for a development phase will add staff and capacity. AEP activitiesâ€”annual forum and essay contests, educational tools, outreach and numerous partnerships are expanding and a stronger organizational base is needed. AEP co-founders John Kiser and Kathy Garms will participate in the initial meetings in California with stops in the Bay Area, LA, and San Diego. Details TBA.
AEP Network Grows
DIVERSITY FOCUS IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA is part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor Community where CEO/President Chad Simmons leads the promotion of diversity, cultural awareness and inclusion efforts. Diversity Focus and AEP are pleased to collaborate in preparing for upcoming AEP events. Stay tuned for updates.
University of Virginia - Abdelkader Fellow Program
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
FROM WHEATON COLLEGE TO UVA...
ABDELKADER FELLOW - LARYCIA HAWKINS, PhD University of Oklahoma. Hawkin's research engages the intersections of race/ethnicity, religion, and politics. She is also reviving knowledge and awareness of a forgotten historical figure, Emir Abdelkader. His life as a warrior, scholar, and saint embodied values much needed by todayâ€™s leaders: moral courage, empathy, openness, passion, and humility.
ABDELKADER POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW - JEFF GUHIN, PhD Sociology at Yale University. Specialties include education, religion, theory, and culture. His research involves an ethnographic comparison of morality and citizenship in three urban public school districts. It is a part of the Instituteâ€™s "School Cultures and Student Formation Project," for which Guhin is the lead researcher for urban public schools. He is also engaged in comparative study of Catholic schools and Muslim madrassas.