Nadine is the Treasurer of the MSA and is majoring in Biochemistry from Barnard College (with hopefully a minor in Arabic).
Samia is a student in CC’19 studying the intersection between culture and human rights with medicine on a global scale.
Aysha QureshiSocial Chair
Aysha is currently a junior at Barnard College majoring in Computer Science.
Ayah EldosougiCommunity Chair
Ayah Eldosougi is a senior in the School of General Studies and a Human Rights major.
Abeera NadeemEvents Coordinator
Abeera is a student in the Class of 2018 at Barnard College.
Fatima KoliSenior Advisor
Fatima is a student in the Class of 2017 at Barnard College.
Yousr ShaltoutSenior Advisor
Yousr is a student in the Class of 2017 at Barnard College, planning on majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior with a pre-med track. She hails from New Jersey.
Salaam All! My name is Yilma Choudhury and I am a senior in Columbia College majoring in Physics. I transferred to Columbia from NYU during my sophomore year, got involved with MSA during my junior year and am now serving as President, talk about quick shifts! In addition to MSA I am also involved with The Muslim Protagonist, an annual symposium intended to provide a platform for the multifaceted, yet often unheard Muslim voice to express itself. I am extremely interested in the discourse between science and religion, really enjoy languages (I even took Sanskrit!) and love a really good slice of pizza! I grew up in the Bronx and now live in Queens, so it is fair to say that I am a legitimate New York-er. As a Muslim in the city, I feel that MSA provides the space to allow our diverse identities and experiences to come together and be celebrated, something that should be both valued and sought after! So please come join us for our meetings this year, looking forward to meeting everyone!
Salaam! This is Maimuna Hossain from Queens. I am a sophomore at SEAS, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I love anything that involves math, languages, or Space. I served on the board as an Organizing Committee Member last year and this year I will be the Secretary. I am excited to take on this new role and transition with the whole board. I believe that the MSA plays a crucial role in the lives of the Muslims on campus, so it will be an honor for me to help the MSA this year. MSA is all about building stronger faith, community, and friendships among Muslims and non-Muslims. As long as we keep working towards that, insha’Allah we will have a successful year.
Salaam everyone! My name is Alay Syed and I am a senior at Barnard College, majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity. A semi-quirky, socially awkward, and apparently dramatic muhajjaba who is currently on the strugglebus of indecision and always on the verge of existential crises, the only thing I know for sure is that I want to make a difference in the world—be it interpersonal or bigger than I can imagine, there is something about change that is both frightening and exhilarating, and I hope that I can one day grab on to it with both hands and spread some love around. I believe that positivity starts with the individual and self-care is essential—if you’re not taking care of yourself, how will you possibly take care of anything or anyone else? This is a philosophy I am currently working on and I hope to change myself for the better as well through ~radical self love.~ Furthermore, I believe that radical activism begins with community building–take care of yourself and your community, cultivate a sense of trust and sincerity and everything else will fall into place. As your Senior Advisor and Political Affairs Chair, I want to get to know each and every one of you and help you out in whatever way you need, especially in loving yourself and creating community bonds. I love to chat—heck, I like to think myself as a certified chatterbox (not really, but really). My favorite things to talk about are what to major in at CU, colonialism, patriarchal gender constructs, identity formation, and theatre—be my bffl if you’re a Renthead and we can organize a Bollywood rendition of La Vie Boheme at Shahi Biryani on any given day. I like to read. I like to write. I have a thing for Open Mics. Said, Fanon, Spivak, and Arundhati Roy are my idols. Remember the Titans is my favorite movie even though I don’t know a thing about football or sports in general. The British Raj is my sworn enemy and don’t even get me started on neoliberalism. Hit me up if you have any questions about navigating lyfe at CU, wanna chat, need a Broadway-Buddy, or simply want to know where to get the best Italian Ice in NYC. My phone is always on (unless I break it—in that case, find me on fb), and my door is always open!
Salaam everyone! My name is Yousr, and I’m a sophomore at Barnard College. I’m hoping to major in Neuroscience and Behavior with a pre-med track, but who knows what life will bring in the semesters ahead! I hail from New Jersey, and my parents are from Mansoura, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon. I love both cultures and identify equally with both, to the point that my Arabic has become a confused amalgamation of both dialects. In my free time (when I actually have some), I like to take walks around Morningside Heights and the Columbia campus to take in fresh air after hours of stuffy library air. Some of my obsessions (quite literally) include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, and basically every single BBC/Masterpiece Classics dramas ever made. I also love to do Zumba- I’ve recently been certified as an instructor (I love teaching- hit me up if you’re interested!). I am very passionate about Model UN, and I am looking forward to participating in campus MUN activities this year! I am very thrilled to be part of the MSA board this year, and I hope to help in any way that I can to make our community a strong, integrated, and resourceful one. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone on campus inshaa Allah!
I’m Ayah, a rising senior at Barnard College where I’m currently studying Environmental Policy and Urban Studies with a Pre-Vet track. My love for animals is immeasurable, and my love of dealing with them is the primary reason I intend to head to veterinary school. Along with my love for animals is my love for the environment, which has been the source of my inspiration to become an environmental activist. In my free time I like to read (specifically political and feminist reads), paint, blog (I’m a crazy blogger), and familiarize myself with the news on the rest of the world. I am of Egyptian and Turkish descent but I grew up in New Jersey and spend most of my summers visiting the Middle East in order to keep in touch with my roots and strengthen my grasp on the Arabic language. My primary goal while attending Columbia University is to integrate myself in the college community while simultaneously preserving my identity as a Muslim. I can’t wait to utilize my new position as programming committee member of this year’s MSA to change people’s perception of our religion as well as to positively impact both the Muslim community and the greater community of Columbia University.
My name is Fatimatou Diallo but everyone calls me Fatima. I hail from sunny Los Angeles, CA. I know what you’re asking, why would I leave the sun for the dreary New York weather? Well, it is a question I am still trying to figure out. I am a rising senior in Columbia College majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Hispanic Studies. I am also pre-med, so eventually I will be going to medical school. I am a new MSA senior advisor for the 2014-2015 academic year. I am super excited to be serving the Muslim community here at Columbia this year. In my free time, I love spending time browsing the web. I watch a bunch of fashion videos on YouTube (check it out, there is a growing fashion comment on YouTube), do a lot of online shopping (I have become a pro), spend loads of time walking along Broadway or running/walking in Riverside Park (walking or running along the river is absolutely gorgeous). Overall, I think I am just a free spirit from California who wants to help the Muslim community here at Columbia and in the Morningside Heights area as well. I plan to fulfil my duties as senior advisor to the best of my abilities this year. Along that line, if you have any specific questions, suggestions, or comments please feel free to contact me. I am here to help and serve the community in anyway possible, so any feedback will be helpful. I also encourage anyone that is interested in the board or the running of the MSA to stop by our board meetings, they are open to anyone and we would love to have you.
Salam everyone and welcome to CU MSA! My name is Noor and I am currently a rising senior at Barnard College. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my Palestinian and Lebanese roots have undoubtedly been a major influence in my life. I am a premed student whose dream is to become a pediatrician or pediatric oncologist, inshAllah. With academic interests ranging from political science to psychology and Middle Eastern studies, selecting a major was not an easy task for me. I finally decided to major in sociology, a field which I felt complemented my premed track well. As for my other interests, I love painting, photography, volleyball, and anything and everything related to Palestinian history, politics, and culture. I also really love good food. MSA is something I have invested a lot of time in throughout my years at CU, and my involvement has been a vital part of my college experience thus far. During my sophomore year, I served as the social affairs PCM, and during my junior year, I served as the vice president. Working alongside dedicated members of MSA was an incredible experience, and this year, I have the honor to continue doing so by serving as one of the Senior Advisors. Our 2014-2015 board has already begun planning events and programs that will contribute to the growth and development of Muslim life at Columbia. We have a variety of exciting events–including spiritual, academic, social, and community service oriented ones– in mind for the coming year, but we would also love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me anytime via email if you have any questions regarding Muslim life (or campus life in general) at CU. I hope you are all as excited as I am for what’s in store for MSA this year!
Assalaamu Alaykum! I’m Habiba, CU MSA Grad Advisor. I’m in the Neuroscience and Education program at Teachers College. I absolutely love it! I am very interested in issues relating to science education, access, motivation and success. I teach Biology at the high school and undergraduate level. I grew up close to NYC. I enjoy and relish the cultural diversity and richness of life here. The city and its people have so much to offer! I am passionate about working with and for our community. So, dear friends, especially fellow grad students, share ideas, thoughts and suggestions please feel free to reach out!