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 2017 Harvard Islamic Society board is as follows.
Zarin is a junior in Mather House (concrete tower waddup) studying Neurobiology/MBB with a secondary in Psychology. As President of the Harvard Islamic Society, Zarin oversees all logistics, functions, and initiatives of the organization. This year, she hopes to reinvigorate the undergraduate community, establish support for Muslim students on campus, integrate the graduate schools and other Boston schools with HIS, and is dedicated to provide advice and assistance to anyone who needs. In her free time, Zarin enjoys coffee shop hopping, is a self-proclaimed film critic, and loves going for long walks to Trader Joe’s.
Raahil Sha is a junior concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology living in the best house on campus, Currier House. As Vice President, he is responsible for helping HIS achieve its goals by supporting other board members in their initiatives and taking care of board-related logistics. When he’s not with HIS folk, you can find Raahil taking photos, being sarcastic, laughing, or drinking tea.
Director of External Relations
Anwar Omeish is a second-year student planning on 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 freshman planning on studying Social Studies with a Statistics secondary. As Director of Development, Zainab is responsible for managing a strategic plan for the long-term growth of HIS financially and in membership through coordination with HUMA and the graduate school chapters of the Islamic Society. She also ensures that the Chaplain is fully integrated in Muslim life at Harvard. In her spare time, Zainab loves to do yoga, bake anything and everything, drink coffee, and read British literature.
Director of Islamic Learning
Waleed is a junior concentrating in Neurobiology. As Director of Islamic Learning, he works to fulfill the spiritual needs of the HIS community. His goal is to create Islamic Learning programming that appeals to the diverse range of students in HIS. In addition to serving on the HIS board, he conducts Neurobiology research, is a Student Mental Health Liaison, and is involved with the Harvard iLab.
Rewan is a freshman in Pennypacker. 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 freshman in Hurlbut. 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.