Founder: Sana Saeed

Sana Saeed is currently working as the LEADD Coordinator, a national youth program on the Interfaith Alliance promoting active citizenship in a multi-faith society to high-school age youth! Previously, Saeed worked as the Director of Youth Programs at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA (UUCA) managing social justice, spiritual and service programs for 200 high-school and middle-school youth. While working at the UUCA Saeed was also the consulting Program Manager for the Interfaith Youth Action Group (IYAG) an initiative of the non-profit 9/11 Unity Walk and ML Resources Social Vision which built on the previous works of the Tony Blair Faith Fellows. Saeed has previously worked as the Campus Program Coordinator for the American Islamic Congress with a focus on creating a multicultural and interfaith student groups on college campuses called, Project Nur, in Washington DC and Boston, MA. Her work was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal in an article she co-authored on the impact of Project Nur on Muslim students on college campuses across the East Coast. She has also worked as the Program Associate for Clergy Beyond Borders, an organization that aims to build bridges between clergy of different faiths and train them to promote religious pluralism. Early in her career she also worked with the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution as a Graduate Research Assistant focusing on development. In 2008, she completed her M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia.

She is currently co-authoring a national high-school curriculum on introducing anti-racism and social justice to teens called, Building a Beloved Community with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

In June 2012 she was elected to be a at large Board member of the InterFaith Conference of the Metropolitan Washington, DC.

She has spoken at the 2011 North American Interfaith Network’s Conference as a young adult scholar on interfaith youth programming, and plans to speak again at their 2012 conference. She has also presented her college research on Muslim women as peacemakers at the Salaam Institute for Peace and Justice, Green Festival- DC, and the University of Massachusetts.  She’s been featured on local Voice of America radio stations speaking about interfaith youth organizing.

In her spare time she travels and blogs about her adventures, which have recently been commented on by the Travel Channel and published in Go Galavanting, an online travel magazine for women. She also volunteers with a group of friends to host a monthly fundraising event at the Hillyer Art Space with Voices Organizing for International Change, Empowerment and Support (V.O.I.C.E.S) to raise funds for organizations supporting youth activism globally that use hip-hop and the arts as tools for empowering youth.

Twitter Accounts:

@BBADwoman (B.B. A. D. British Born Angry Desi)

@YouthLEADD LEADD, Interfaith Alliance

 

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