Milia Islam-Majeed Bio
Milia Islam-Majeed is the daughter of immigrant parents who migrated here in 1986 from Bangladesh. She has since then lived in the United States spending most of her childhood and adolescence in a small Midwestern town of Fulton, Missouri. She obtained her undergraduate degree in World Religions and Psychology from Westminster College in Missouri and thereafter moved to Boston, MA for her graduate work. She is a 2004 graduate of Harvard University where she earned her Masters in Theological Studies of the World Religions and Anthropology.
While at Harvard she gained the essential knowledge needed to understand and work with members of diverse ethnic, cultural, social, economic, racial and religious communities. Aside from academics, she initiated activities that were both educational and relevant to the times with the goal of serving individuals espousing various faith traditions.
Her deep commitment to interfaith work continued beyond the completion of her graduate studies. Post graduation Milia served as the Program Director of “Community Empowerment Project” in Boston, MA. This federally funded year-long program included working with the marginalized immigrant and refugee community and their involvement in building bridges across racial, ethnic, religion, cultural and neighborhood divides in Cambridge and greater Boston.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of SCIC, she was the Program Manager of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Leadership Development Center in Plainfield, Indiana. Milia’s primary responsibility lied in program design, development and execution of leadership trainings as well as seminars for community leaders and members focusing on understanding the religious and cultural diversity vibrant in America today.
Milia has participated in hundreds of interfaith discussions, forums and programs through faith based organizations, academic institutions, governmental agencies as well as the general community. These programs addressed on multiple topics including how to co- exist in a pluralistic society. In 2008, she was part of an interfaith program sponsored by the United States Department of State where an American delegation of six scholars and community leaders were invited to Indonesia to participate in interfaith dialogues focusing on religion and society. Subsequently, in 2009 she was chosen to be a part of a fellowship program at the University of Southern California (USC) that focused on Muslim leaders of America through the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI). The Institute envisions a new generation of Muslim leaders who are able to fully engage co-religionists, constituents, and fellow citizens in the work of building better communities for all. In 2010, Milia was one of eight national recipients of the 2010 Character Unite Awards! USA Network created the Characters Unite Awards to recognize extraordinary individuals who have made significant efforts to fight prejudice and discrimination, while increasing tolerance, respect and acceptance. In March of 2011, Milia was honored by the NAACP as one of the 14 women who were selected as NAACP Women of the Year. NAACP honored Milia for being a significant woman who has helped to shape the city of Long Beach and serve as an outstanding female role model. Moist recently in 2012, she was invited to be a part of a global gathering of peacemakers in Assisi, Italy through the Fetzer Institute – on which she served as an Advisor on the Council on World Religions and Spiritualities. Milia was also chosen to be part of the national “I Won’t Stand For” public service announcement on USA Television Network. Most recently in 2015, Milia was selected as one of the Future-50 Emerging Leaders under the age of 35 who are shaping the landscape of faith in Los Angeles by the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture & Interreligious Council of Los Angeles. Last year Milia was chosen as one of 11 individuals throughout the world to be a research fellow at the Dali Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. While being a fellow at the Center, Milia’s work will focus on the intersection of Islam and Ethics.
Her passion and commitment to interfaith work has been existent and illustrated throughout her personal, academic and professional life. Interfaith work is Mila’s passion and she very much forward to continuing to work with the interfaith community existent here in Southern California!
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