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Muslim Chaplain Appointed

Tahera Ahmad will help represent Muslim community on campus

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September 16, 2010

Tahera Ahmad has been appointed associate university chaplain. Her primary responsibilities are to work with Muslim students and represent the Muslim community to the rest of the Northwestern community, according to University Chaplain Timothy Stevens.

Ahmad has been featured in several documentary films about Islam and will be depicted in the upcoming PBS documentary "The Calling" about faith and youth leadership in the U.S.

She has served the Chicago-area Muslim community through leadership roles with several organizations, including the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

At the Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park, Ill., Ahmad taught courses in Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies. She regularly hosts young Muslim arts events, and she counsels young Muslims to promote a balanced Muslim lifestyle.

While a graduate student in Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations at Hartford Seminary, Ahmad served as the Muslim chaplain/advisor at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

Ahmad grew up in Morton Grove, Ill., and graduated from Niles West High School, where she played varsity basketball.