Chaplain Tahera Ahmad

Director of Interfaith Engagement and Associate Chaplain at Northwestern University

Chaplain Tahera Ahmad is a dynamic Muslim ‘scholar-practitioner’who serves as the director of interfaith engagement, associate chaplain at Northwestern University. She was recognized at the White House as a leading Muslim woman and in 2014 she became the first woman to represent the United States at the International Quran Competition in Indonesia where she placed 6th place in the World.

Ahmad has been featured widely in various media networks; most notably in the national PBS documentary, ‘The Calling’, which portrays the struggle of faith in the 21st century for leaders from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. A renowned speaker, Ahmad has worked closely with the U.S. Justice and State departments leading both national and international workshops on cultural awareness of Muslims and religious diversity.

Chaplain Ahmad is a passionate social justice advocate and was featured as the keynote speaker for the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago. She has served as a trustee on the Parliament of the World’s Religions and as vice chair of the Religious Freedom Committee of the American Bar Association.

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