Tafshena khan President
Meet Tafshena Khan, your President! Tafshena is a junior in the School of Nursing. She calls York, PA and Detroit, MI home. She wishes to discover and provide ways to connect the dots in our lives-- our education and career path, family and friends, mental and physical health, hobbies and passions-- with the line connecting all of them being Islam. She also wishes for every Muslim on campus to have a sense of belonging here, to share in our journeys of listening and reading and questioning and speaking and becoming, to let our Muslim voices fill the spaces we occupy. Outside of MSA, she's involved in MIST (Muslim Interscholastic Tournament). Tafshena is passionate about art, social justice, and healthcare, and the intersections between them. You can find her drinking bubble tea or talking about drinking bubble tea, and she loves going to new coffeeshops but never for drinking coffee. Also, puns are a pundamental part of her life.
Nancy Ibrahim Vice President
Meet Nancy Ibrahim, your Vice President! Nancy is a sophomore studying Health and Societies on a pre-med track but she lowkey did medschool in high school #HealthcareAcademy. She calls Jersey home, but she's originally from Egypt. Through serving on MSA board, she hopes to bring together the Muslim community through mental wellness initiatives. Outside of MSA, she's involved in Penn Arabs, University Council, and Penn Wellness. She did martial arts (karate, kickboxing, jiu jitsu) for eight years (so don't cross her) and she loves watching Friends as often as possible. You can often spot Nancy drinking obscene amounts of coffee and chugging plain iced espresso shots with no regrets.
Hannah Erdogan Secretary
Meet Hannah Erdogan, your Secretary! Hannah is a freshman on a Pre-med Track probably majoring in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania and is ethnically Egyptian and Turkish. Hannah is excited to contribute her passion for service and inclusivity in the surrounding Philadelphia Muslim community. Her goal is to unite the diverse Muslims of Penn and give MSA a greater presence in the interfaith circle. Serving on the board of Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment (PURE), Hannah strives to make an impact on the lives of Muslim refugees in Philadelphia and abroad. She loves meeting new people and can literally talk nonstop for hours on end. In her free time, Hannah enjoys practicing and teaching Taekwondo, dabbling in yoga and meditation, and exploring coffee shops throughout Philadelphia.
Mohamed aly Treasurer
Meet Mohamed Aly, your Treasurer! Mohamed is a sophomore from Tulsa, Oklahoma studying Computer Science and Organizational Behavior. What he hopes to bring to MSA is positivity, a stronger sense of investment and pride in being Muslim, helping us see how Islam creates opportunities for us to be the best versions of ourselves, and just an overall light-hearted attitude. Mohamed loves cycling, especially to get around campus, and you can always catch him with a big smile!
ammar lone Internal Affairs Chair
Meet Ammar Lone, your Social Co-Chair! Ammar is a sophomore studying Economics. Cleveland is his home til he dies, but so is the MSA. He wants the MSA to be a home for all Muslim students on campus. Whether you need advice, want to have some fun, or kick back and relax, he wants the MSA to be your first stop. On campus, Ammar is involved in Penn Social International Development, Penn Social Impact Consulting, and PURE (Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment). He once ate a whole box of peanut butter oreos in one sitting. If you ever wanna talk basketball or beat him in a game, he's down :)
Baktiar choudhury External Affairs CHair
Meet Baktiar Choudhury, your External Affairs Chair! Baktiar is a sophomore majoring in PPE inshAllah, with the hoping of working for Philadelphia City Council and creating public policy that will socially and economically rejuvenate Philly, the city he calls home. Baktiar believes in institutional development being the solution to the low visibility of Muslims on campus. In an attempt at further institutional development, he plans to get severe University accomodation for the upcoming Ramadan during finals. He also plans on improving the existing halal food program and expanding it. Outside of MSA, Baktiar does research at the Graduate School of Education. He is currently working on a project to modify the Philadelphia School Districts' curriculum regarding the teaching of inequity as well as civic engagement. For fun Baktiar likes to play 🏀 and watch Kobe Bryant’s impeccable footwork.
Abdul moiz munir Sohir Logistics Chair
(Walaikum salam), meet Abdul Moiz Munir Sohu, *takes deep breath*, your Logistics Chair! Abdul is a sophomore. Don't worry about his major. Abdul hails from the nation that does Biryani justice: Pakistan! He calls Hyderabad home, but went to Lahore for high school, so like, it’s complicated. As an MSA board member, he wants to help keep MSA board’s communication effective, and maintain a presence for muslims on campus (whether it’s through pestering dining for better halal food, or curating step-by-step guidance for MSA events), and he’s also the MSA rep for Penn Wellness. On campus, he made a bunch of videos for the Daily Pennsylvanian, and 34 Street his freshman year, but currently he’s preparing for the Moral Voices Fellowship. He also sits in on lectures he’s not officially “qualified enough to take” :( (no limits to education!) so feel free to talk to him about *literally* anything.
Sarah Badlis Service Chair
Meet Sarah Badlis, your Service Chair! Sarah is a freshman studying Nursing. She calls Swarthmore, PA home. As an MSA board member, she hopes to spread positivity as she connects with the Muslim community. She plans on bringing up community engagement opportunities, with the intention of further linking the Penn Muslim society to the greater Philadelphia area. Beyond the MSA, Sarah is involved in Community Champions and SNAP (Student Nurses at Penn). In her free time, Sarah likes to travel and exercise, specifically running. She has an enormous sweet tooth, so she’s always on the hunt for dessert places to try around campus!
Zahra Elhanbaly Social chair
Meet Zahra Elhanbaly, your Social Chair! Zahra is a sophomore studying Architecture and Art History. Home for her is Orange County, CA (west coast best coast). Moving to Philly was one of the best decisions she has ever made primarily because of the Muslim community that she has found at Penn. As a board member, she hopes to ensure that all Muslim students at Penn have a similar experience and can feel welcome and safe at both educational events and social events. She wants to foster a sense of community inside and outside of MSA so that students can be proud to say that they are a part of the Muslim Student Association. Outside of MSA, Zahra is involved with ARCHtank, a group for architecture students, and she is also a tutor at the Marks Family Writing Center. When she’s not making sketches and building models, she’s either painting, reading, or baking a ridiculous amount of cookies.
Ryanne Fadel Programs Chair
Meet Ryanne Fadel, your Programs Chair! Ryanne is a sophomore in Wharton studying Business Analytics and Strategic Management. He was born and raised in Newark, NJ and is excited to be continuing his urban journey in the city of brotherly love (cue “What Is Love”, Jim Carrey Edition). Ryanne hopes to bring passion and excitement to MSA on campus and wants to help every Muslim be proud of their faith and identity. Beyond MSA, Ryanne is involved with Smile for School (his own non-profit!), Penn Wellness, and a consulting club for Black-owned Philadelphia businesses. He spends his days relishing in being THE go-to hip hop culture informant (#free6ix9ine) and memer, so please laugh when he references an obscure vine from 6 years ago. He’s also dangerously spontaneous, so do not be surprised if he thinks whole, raw onions are delicious or summiting a mountain is fun. He's always open to try new things and meet new people!
Aaisha Education Chair
Meet Aaisha Khalique, your Education Chair! Aaisha is a freshman planning to study Real Estate and Management. She calls Wayne, NJ home. Aaisha wants the MSA to be a close-knit family, where there’s a safe space to ask important questions and have meaningful discussions. She also wants to encourage understanding and tolerance of Islam on campus, facilitate interfaith discussions, and promote a culture where Muslims acknowledge and stand by the needs of other student groups. Outside of campus, Aaisha has a unique fascination with handwriting and loves cleaning and organizing for fun (it’s a stress reliever). Recently, she took an interest in photography, traveling, and learning about new cultures. If any of those things spark some interest in you, she’s the person to talk to!