The Emory Muslim Alumni Iftar dinner.

Learn more about the Emory Muslim Alumni (EMA)

Emory Muslim Alumni (EMA) was created to enhance the sense of community among Muslim alumni at Emory. EMA was conceptualized in spring 1995 and was created on June 9, 1998. EMA is the first officially recognized Muslim alumni association at a university in the United States. The mission of Emory Muslim Alumni is to coordinate alumni to represent the interests of Muslim alumni at Emory, support the activities of Muslim students currently at Emory, and facilitate the networking of Emory Muslim alumni.

What does EMA do?

EMA serves its membership, Emory University, and the Muslim community in many ways. Since its inception, EMA has hosted nationwide reunions in Atlanta. Among its activities, EMA has brought well-known speakers to Emory, sponsored training workshops on student leadership, presented career development forums, and placed undergraduates in internships and jobs across the country.

To Join

EMA members pose for a group photo.

For more information about how you can get involved, please contact one of the EMA leaders:
Isam Vaid 93OX 95C 99PH, chair
Mukhtar Voss 11C, volunteer

Emory Muslim Service Award

The Emory Muslim Service Award was established in 1999 by the Association of Emory Muslim Alumni through the support of dedicated Muslim Alumni, the Office of the Dean of Chapel and Religious Life, and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. From 1999 to 2012, the award was administered as the Haider Shamsi Award for Islamic Studies as a legacy to highlight the example set by Haider Shamsi, a dedicated servant to the American Muslim community and an advocate of Islam and Islamic education.

In 2012, this award was renamed by Emory Muslim Alumni and the endowment relocated to and anchored in the Office of the Dean of Chapel and Religious Life. This move made the award available to all students at Emory University, regardless of age, faith, gender, or denomination, who share Islam's commitment to community service. The Emory Muslim Service Award seeks to advance and highlight the Islamic value of providing service to the community. The Emory Muslim Service Award is an annual recognition highlighting the individual who displays outstanding social contribution through service to the community.

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