People Directory

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Muslim Life

The purpose of Muslim Life at Columbia is to create, within this very diverse body, a united community that meets the spiritual, social, and intellectual needs of all Muslims on Columbia’s campuses, a community in which all Barnard/Columbia Muslims feel they can participate and belong. 


Meet the Executive Boards of the different Muslim groups at Columbia/Barnard and our Muslim Life Coordinator! 

  • Zeinab is a rising 2L at Columbia Law School where she focuses on issues in the criminal legal system, mass incarceration, and critical race theory. She has experience working with community-based organizations, local government, and philanthropy. She is guided by Islam’s profound emphasis on collective care, justice, and releasing people from captivity and confinement. Zeinab holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Yale University. She is co-president of the MLSA for 2020-2021. Zeinab ventures outside of campus often to study and knows all the cool coffee spots. You can reach her at

  • Hometown: Togo/Bronx, New York

    Youdane is a junior in Columbia College majoring in Human Rights. She currently works off-campus as a research assistant with the African-American Institute. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., On campus she is an ASP (Academic Success Programs) mentor.


  • MBSA President

  • Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

    Rehan is a sophomore at Columbia College majoring in Data Science. Her interests include but are not limited to Spirituality, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice. In her free time, Rehan enjoys exploring NYC, solving sudoku and discussing Africa's political and entrepreneurial culture.


  • Rawda Fawaz is a rising 2L at Columbia Law School, where she focuses on human and civil rights. She graduated from the University of VA in 2019 with a B.A in Political & Social thought and African Studies. She's very excited to serve as co-president of MLSA in 2019/2020. In her free time, she can be found in the Columbia Musalah drinking chai! 

    Feel free to contact her with any questions at

  • Misbah Farooqi is the President of Columbia MSA this year and a junior in Columbia College studying political science and Middle Eastern and South Asian studies. She is originally from Maryland and will never let you forget her DMV roots (DC, Maryland, and Virginia, NOT the Department of Motor Vehicles). Misbah is also a transfer student, and this is her second year at Columbia. Besides having an interest in politics and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies, Misbah is also passionate about community organizing, social justice, education, and journalism. She hopes to attend law school in the future and run for office one day (don't forget to vote for her, iA). In her free time, Misbah loves to write, drink way more coffee than she should, explore NYC, and fangirl over Zayn Malik (please hit her up if you're into that as well). As MSA VP, Misbah hopes to create an inclusive and welcoming community for Muslim students of all backgrounds and ensure that everyone feels as though they have a family within Columbia MSA. Feel free to hit her up if you have any questions about Columbia, being a transfer student, MSA, or just want to say hi!

  • Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

    Maymouna is a History-Human Rights combined major in the Barnard College class of 2020. Her main interests are the intersection of public health infrastructures -or lack thereof, in post-colonial states. She dedicates her time to Palestine and Yemen national student organizing as well as being a peer-educator at Well-Woman. Outside of academia, Maymouna enjoys cooking dinners for her friends and listening to podcasts.

  • Hometown: Teaneck, New Jersey 

    Isra is a GS Senior studying Evolutionary Biology. Her main interest is the intersection between human rights and healthcare. She serves as co-president of Social Justice Medicine and is a Board Officer of the Women In Medicine (WIM) committee of Columbia’s AMSA (American Medical Student Association) chapter. Beyond school she enjoys good conversations, exchanging smiles with strangers, and lots of tea!

  • Hometown: Bronx, New York

    Hawa is a junior at Barnard College majoring in Economics. She works as a Library Assistant for the Milstein Center and is also a Speaking Fellow who helps their peers tackle challenges such as clarifying presentations and apprehension towards speaking, with the belief that there is not one type of “good speech!” Outside of academia you can hear her interview people for her podcast H-Suite Chats that spotlights the voices of young adults who challenge the college narrative and are contemplating what success means to them!


  • Hometown: Bronx, New York

    Fatou is a part of the Class of 2022 at Barnard College majoring in Anthropology. She also serves as the campus liaison for MSA. You can consistently find her in Diana with a smoothie and/or fries!


  • SIPA Muslim Commons Vice President

  • SIPA Muslim Commons President

  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    Ciani is a Barnard student in the class of 2022 where she majors in sociology with a minor in secondary urban education. She aspires to be a middle school studies teacher and loves to talk about the sociology of education. On campus she’s been involved with Matriculate, Teach for America, Barnard SGA’s (Student Government Association) committee on Inclusion and Equity and Columbia MSA’s Charity Week Committee. She loves to talk about her hometown, so feel free to use that as a conversation starter!


  • Hometown: Bronx, New York

    Cesay is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Urban Studies. Outside of MANSA, she is a fellow at the Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) and is really passionate about the intersections of data, community development and urban planning.

  • SIPA Muslim Commons Treasurer

  • Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Ammran is a first-year in Columbia College on a Pre-Med Track. Outside of school, she loves learning about religion and language. On campus she is also involved in Engineers without Borders, Hall Council and the MSA.


  • SIPA Muslim Commons Communications Secretary 

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