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 inhis 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.
Amira Shouman is an Assistant Director 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. Amira received 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. Her other interests include traveling, social justice, interfaith initiatives, and identity development.
Dr. Hala Alyan is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the Islamic Center in the fall. She has worked with a range of adults and adolescents in various settings, including asylum agencies, substance abuse clinics, hospitals, counseling centers and correctional facilities. Her specialties include culturally diverse issues, trauma, eating disorders and substance abuse treatment. This service is open to all Undergrads and Graduate Students at NYU. We encourage you all to reach out to Hala if you feel she can be helpful in any way. Hala’s office is in the Global Center as well as the Student Health Center at 726 Broadway, Suite 471. To schedule an appointment, call 212-998-4780.
Humayra Mayat is a rising senior at NYU studying Middle Eastern Studies on the pre-medical track. Humayra aspires to one day be featured on HONY (Humans of New York) and design her own personalized beanie collection. In the spirit of trying new things, Humayra joined a Fantasy Basketball league this year and proceeded to lose in a spectacular fashion. As of 5/24, Humayra began her 3rd attempt to give up soda. On her previous attempt, Humayra lasted 117 days.
Humayra volunteers as a Rape and Domestic Violence advocate at Bellevue Hospital and is also an under-graduate volunteer at the New York City Free Clinic (NYCFC). Through her experiences, Humayra has fostered at interest in the ways in which social factors influence the health care of marginalized communities. Above all, Humayra loves programming and hopes to bring together her diverse interests through the events she plans. This coming year, Humayra will be serving as the co-chair of Fast-a-thon which is the Muslim Student Association’s annual charity fundraiser. Through this event, Humayra hopes to raise money for organizations aiding and advancing the rights of undocumented Americans.
Nurul Ain Akmal is a rising junior majoring in Economics, but enjoys studying Japanese and Mathematics more. Ain is from Malaysia, and speaks fluent Malay(and also two local dialects, which she considers as bragging rights) and tends to unintentionally speak in Malay to people she spends a lot of time being around. She enjoys watching intense psychological thrillers and action films, and also listening to music during her free time. You can find her lining up at Mamoun’s or Kung Fu Tea.