MSA Executive Board 2012-2013
President: Didem Kaya
Vice President: Ahmad Aljobeh
Treasurer: Mustafa Malik
Secretary: Mahbuba Tusty
Political Chair: Basil Abdalla
Social Chair: Houriiyah Tegally
Outreach Chair: Emtithal Mahmoud
Religious Activities Chair: Saad Syed
Information Coordinator: Dzelila Siljak
Coordinator of Muslim Life at Yale: Omer Bajwa
Omer Bajwa is the “Coordinator of Muslim Life” in the Chaplain’s Office at Yale. Born in Pakistan, Omer emigrated to the United States at the age of three, growing up in Upstate New York. He earned his Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, and he has been engaged in religious service, social activism, and educational outreach for the past ten years.
Before coming to Yale, he served as the Interim Muslim Chaplain at Cornell University from 2007-2008. He received his MA in Near Eastern Studies, with a
specialization in Islamic Studies, from Cornell’s Department of Near Eastern Studies, where he also served as the Outreach Coordinator. He also earned an MS in Communication from Cornell, and a BA in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. In addition to his academic training in Islamic studies, Omer has also studied Islam from a traditional, normative perspective. He spent considerable time throughout his undergraduate and graduate career studying several classical Islamic sciences with traditional ulama from Pakistan, England, and the United States.
His interests include Islam in the United States, interfaith activities, Islam and the global media, and transnational religious and intellectual networks. He regularly lectures about these topics and others at campuses, congregations, and communities across the country.
I hold regular Office Hours on Tuesdays (1 – 3 pm) and Wednesdays (11 am – 1 pm). I’m also easily available to meet by appointment. My office is room 21B in the Chaplain’s Office in Bingham Hall. Please feel free to stop by to share concerns, to ask questions, or to just chat!