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Shahneel was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. She is assisting WNY Muslims as a project manager, while also working part-time as a medical assistant at a local doctor’s office.
Dania attends Sweet Home High School and is currently entering the 2017-2018 school year as a junior. Throughout the 2 years I’ve been at high school, I’ve joined a number of clubs and sports such as the Global Ambassador Club, Young Fiction Writers Club, Choral Council Class Council, and Students for Hope. Students for Hope was a group of people from the International Academy Students who volunteered for the Boo Benefit, which is a huge event that takes place around the fall time. Other than the clubs, I’ve joined the track team as well as the Girl’s Varsity Soccer Team for Sweet Home High School. I find that having extra curricular activities is essential for a student due to impacts on one to get ready for real life skills other than education.
Ayesha is a rising junior at Buffalo Seminary and graduate in 2019. She has experience in leadership roles in student board and community service board. She plays golf in fall and lacrosse in spring for her high school team. She is involved in numerous clubs (glee, international, etc.). She frequently volunteers alongside WNY Muslims, Masjid Al-Noor and Buffalo Seminary. She participates annually for the Kids 4 Kids toy drive taking place around Eid Al-Fitr. She is also a member of The National Society of High School Scholars.
Vianca is a young, high school student who attends Kenmore East. She is in the graduating class of 2019, and wants to pursue a college education in linguistic anthropology. It was very important to her to be more involved with community of Buffalo, so out of good will, she went to WNY Muslims for an internship in community outreach. She will hopefully be assisting/participating in future community events and writing articles in The Collective. Vianca is interested in social justice and art.
Abdul is a graduate of Erie Community Collage with an A.S in Computer Science.He is currently studying for B.S at University at Buffalo, and will be graduated in 2019. He is serving WNYMuslims in marketing and developing marketing strategies, and with the use of multiple social media platform, he is assisting in the promotion and outreach for our community. He is also writing copy-writes for advertisement and help translating from English to Arabic.
Liam is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, holding a B.S. in Audio/Radio Production and a minor in English. A WNYMuslims intern specializing in Journalism and Film, he helps develop written materials for blog posts and online media. During his years at Fredonia, Liam edited and maintained an online newsletter run by the school’s business administration department. He credits courses in video/audio production and web design as foundations of his collegiate academics.
Alec is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo, with both M.A. and B.A. degrees in History. He is serving WNY Muslims as a Journalism and Grant Writing Intern. His primary area of study is nineteenth-century U.S. imperial history.
Tian is currently studying 3D animation at Villa Maria College, and will be graduating in 2020. With a focus in film theory and pre-production aspect of animated film, Tian assists WNYMuslims in promotional-visual projects and outreach for the Collective International Film Festival (CIFF). He also is a member of the creative team and chronicles creative ideas as well as structure and execution of ideas.
Alexander is a graduate of Canisius College with a B.S. in Marketing & Information Systems. He is serving WNYMuslims in marketing for CIFF social media posts to developing marketing strategy. He has assisted in the promoting, judging, and marketing for the Collective International Film Festival (CIFF) as well as implementing marketing theory into WNYMuslims. Alexander is concerned about humanitarian causes including ending global hunger.
Tehniyet is the Associate Executive Director of WNY Muslims. She has dual major in Organizational Psychology, Health Science and a minor in Sociology. She has various leadership experiences in health, community outreach and education. Previously she has written grants for the Lake county government in Illinois. She has aided WNYMuslims as Associate Exective Director , assisting with related projects such as “Roses of the Prophet”, Halal Soup Kitchen, Closet of Humanity and many more. She also represents WNY Muslims in local media. She is the community editor for the Collective magazine. She has also represented WNYMuslims at Interfaith events in the Greater Buffalo region.
Oliver is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, with a B.A. in International Studies (Middle East and North Africa regional specialty) and a minor in Political Science. He has served WNYMuslims as a Political Science and Research Intern, assisting with the creation of the Collective International Film Festival(CIFF), and with outreach for WNYMuslims’ projects and events. In this position, he has also written articles, newsletters, and press releases, and managed social media for CIFF.
Richard is a native to the Western New York region. He has had seven internships including three newspapers, one NYS Assemblyman, Congressman Brian Higgins and an internship with WNYMuslims. He has a B.A. degree from SUNY Fredonia in journalism, with a minor in political science and Arts & New Media. He currently is subcontracted to WNYMuslims as the Collective International Film Festival Coordinator and for Community Outreach.
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