Read about community leader and MAPS’s inspirational Outreach Director, Muqaddas Ejaz, in this important profile of service and love for the Muslim American community Here. “The community’s increasing visibility, especially in politics, may be inspired in part by hostile statements and policies about Muslims during the Trump administration. “Our country took a turn in 2017,” said Ejaz said of what … Read More
“Muslims Americans in Public Service (MAPS), a national, non-partisan, nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., was born from the lack of representation and support for Muslim employees in federal departments and agencies. By assisting those in the workplace and promoting the professional development of Muslim public servants across all aspects of government, MAPS aims to channel the power of American Muslims engaged … Read More
Mohammed Choudhury was named as the incoming Maryland state superintendent of schools. Choudhury is currently the associate superintendent of strategy, talent, and innovation at the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas. “With 90% of students economically disadvantaged in San Antonio’s school system, Choudhury helped implement a poverty tracker, recruit top teachers to underperforming schools and elevate the school system … Read More
MAPS congratulations Shahana Hanif on her historic victory as New York City’s first Muslim Councilwoman. “Shahana Hanif, a daughter of a Bangladeshi immigrant and a student of Brooklyn College, is set to make history as the first Muslim woman to represent New York City Council District 39.” Read more about her historic victory Here.
Congratulations to Magistrate Judge Zahid Quraishi on his recent confirmation as an Article III federal judge. This is a lifetime appointment. Hon. Quraishi is one of three Muslim-Americans serving as federal judges, including Magistrate Judge Mustafa Kasubhai (Oregon) and Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui (District of Columbia). MAPS recognizes and welcomes their contributions. Read more about Judge Zahid Quraishi’s historic nomination … Read More
Congratulations to Dr. Ali Nouri, former President of the Federation of American Scientists, on his recent appointment as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Read DOE’s Statement by Secretary Granholm on the Senate’s Confirmation of Dr. Ali Nouri Here.
Congratulations to Army Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz! “To get a sense of what a long shot this might’ve seemed like to Shabazz, consider the numbers: He’s one of only 10 Muslim chaplains in the entire U.S. military; of the Army’s 1,400 or so chaplains, five are Muslim.” Read the original article from the Virginian Pilot here.
MAPS welcomes the recent executive order signed by President Biden on his first day in office ordering agencies to “root out” systemic racism and other forms of discrimination both in the workplace and in their public-facing programs. The new order effectively ends the Trump Administration’s policy that denied the existence of systemic racism in the United States and also rescinds … Read More
MAPS is encouraged by the recent announcement by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha that every police department in the state has now appointed a Hate Crimes and Civil Rights Liaison Officer, as part of his initiative to prioritize civil rights work and protect Rhode Island’s diverse communities from crimes motivated by hate. MAPS believes similar steps across state … Read More