Recap & Resources: Muslim College Life
The college selection process is not easy, and Muslim students often wonder what factors they should look at when choosing their college, how can they make friends in college, how will they choose good roommates, if there are special undergraduate programs that allow them to continue pursing Islamic studies, formally or informally… and more!
To respond to some of these concerns, on March 30, 2022, ISLA and Legacy International Online High school co-hosted a panel for Muslim high schoolers, their parents and advisors, called Muslim College Life. Panelists included experts on the college selection process and Muslim college life. View the recording, flip through the slide deck, and access resources in this blog post!
If you missed the live session, no worries, we have you covered! Click below to watch the recording or scroll through the slide show!
Finally, some awesome resources were also shared by our panelists in the chat. Check them out!
Panelists & Sessions
Choosing a College that Fits, Salman Khan, Muslim Campus Life founder
Salman Khan is the Founder of Muslim Campus Life, an organization dedicated to advocating for Muslim student needs on college campuses. He is a Certified College Counselor, a former Admissions Reader at one of the most selective colleges in the country, has conducted over 50 workshops on a broad range of college-related topics, and has worked with numerous Islamic schools to develop their guidance counseling programs. He earned a BA from Rutgers University, an MA from Stanford University, and is currently a PhD Student at Harvard University studying Education Policy.
Muslim Chaplains & Community on Campus, Dr. Nisa Muhammad, Howard University’s Assistant Dean for Religious Life
Dr. Nisa Muhammad, is responsible for religious programming, advocates for the religious needs of Muslim students, teach non-academic classes on the Islamic tradition, and works closely as part of the staff in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel to foster interfaith dialogue and cooperation. She organizes Muslim worship and devotion services, counsels and advises students, and answers questions from race to religion to relationships. She is also the advisor to the Muslim Students Association.
How Liberal Arts Colleges Support Student Growth, Faisal Hamid, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid at Zaytuna College
Faisal serves as the Director of Admissions & Financial Aid at Zaytuna College. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University. He received his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Yale University. He was previously a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte.
Committing to Muslim Life on Campus, Salmah Abdulbaseer, Islamic school grad and 3rd year med student
Ummesalmah (Salmah) Abdulbaseer is a 3rd-year med student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine and a member of the Islamic Foundation community in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Islamic Foundation School (K-12) and from UIC, where she received her BA in Psychology. She has been involved in research about Muslim American health through the Initiative on Islam and Medicine and currently serves as a mentor in the local community and recently started a small gift box business (Halal Healing) to promote Prophetic medicine.