Harvard College, established in 1636, is the undergraduate school affiliated with Harvard University. The Harvard Islamic Society (HIS) of Harvard College was established in 1955 as a hub for Islamic life on campus. With the expansion of the Muslim community across Harvard’s schools, other Islamic societies populated the Harvard community. Today, HIS is primarily run by undergraduates, who work in conjunction with the graduates schools and their Islamic societies to establish a diverse and coherent Muslim community. Our 2018 Harvard Islamic Society board is as follows.
Sahar Omer is a sophomore in Pforzheimer House studying Government. As President of the Harvard Islamic Society, Sahar oversees all logistics, functions, and initiatives of the organization. This year, she hopes to focus more on the undergraduate community and create a welcoming space for all Muslims on campus in addition to partnering with other allying groups on campus. In her free time, Sahar enjoys watching college football, especially her hometown—Auburn, AL— university’s team (War Eagle!), reading, and her Friday movie nights.
Rewan is a sophomore in Currier studying Integrative Biology with a Secondary in African American Studies and a language citation in Spanish. As Vice President, Rewan is responsible for overseeing board member initiatives and assisting with all board-related logistics. Rewan was born in Alexandria, Egypt and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She loves to play tennis and softball, sing, and has an obsession with chips.
Director of External Relations
Anwar Omeish is a junior studying Social Studies with a secondary in Statistics. As Director of External Relations, Anwar is working to expand HIS’s presence within the Harvard community and to engage HIS in important political and social justice discussions in ways that align with Islamic values. Outside of HIS, Anwar is an officer in the Phillips Brooks House Association, a member of the Student Labor Action Movement and the Palestine Solidarity Committee, and an avid reader, writer, and egg embroiderer.
Director of Internal Relations
Omar is a junior living in Cabot House studying Neurobiology with a secondary in Economics. As Director of Internal Relations, he oversees events such as HIS’s annual Spring and Fall Dinners, is involved with freshmen integration through Visitas, and is pioneering HIS’s first athletic program. He is also involved with the Mission Hill Afterschool Program, the Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal, and neurobiology research. In his free time, you can see Omar tinkering with tech devices, swimming, and tutoring.
Director of Public Service
Saim is a junior concentrating in Philosophy with a secondary in History. He is drawn to public service because of the crucial role mentors have played in his own life. He is indebted to them, and he wants to give back to the community that has supported him. He will be running the Harvard-Rindge Muslim Youth Program, the group volunteering shift at the Y2Y shelter, and some interfaith collaborations. He is also involved with the Harvard Review of Philosophy, Cabot Hoco, and the Harvard Triathlon Team.
Director of Development
Zainab is a sophomore in Pfoho concentrating in Social Studies with a Comparative Literature secondary and an Arabic citation. As Director of Development, Zainab is responsible for managing and executing the strategic plan for the long-term growth of HIS, financially and otherwise. She coordinates with HUMA and the graduate school chapters of the Islamic Society for programming and maintains strong relationships with top Harvard administrators. In her spare time, Zainab loves to bake, exercise, visit coffee shops, and read.
Director of Islamic Learning
Iman Masmoudi (picture to be on the right) is a Senior in Mather concentrating Social Studies.
As Directors of Islamic Learning, they work to fulfill the spiritual needs of the HIS community. Their goal is to create Islamic Learning programming that appeals to the diverse range of students in HIS.
Rewan is a sophomore in Currier. As secretary, Rewan supervises correspondence and publicity of the Society’s events, manages the logistical details involved in HIS programming, sorts through the HIS email lists, and updates/edits the website. Rewan was born in Alexandria, Egypt and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rewan loves to play tennis and softball, sing, and has an obsession with chips.
Arkam Javed is a sophomore in Cabot. As Treasurer, he is responsible for overseeing the Harvard Islamic Society’s budget and ensuring that all programs and events are fully funded in a sustainable manner. Arkam was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Canada, and lives in Oklahoma. For fun, Arkam loves to play, watch, and or read about Cricket. Arkam is also a rap music enthusiast and goes by the name of BrownSuga.