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Nominees Announced for the 2016 Peace Awards

The Peace Awards Program is an opportunity to recognize individuals who have demonstrated courage and the ability to build collaborative relationships to create positive social change. We are grateful to everyone who nominated a leader.

The El-Hibri Foundation is delighted to announce the following list of eligible nominees for the 2016 Peace Awards.

The following leaders were nominated for the 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize ($30,000), for dedicating their lives to making outstanding contributions and demonstrating long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the United States. These individuals are recognized for using cutting-edge approaches to catalyze positive social change across widespread and diverse audiences:

  • Ghada Abdulaziz, Georgetown Jewish-Muslim Women's Group

  • Dr. Mohammed Abunimer, American University

  • Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, American University

  • Paul "Khalid" Alexander, Pillars of the Community

  • Debbie Almontaser, Muslim Community Network

  • Dr. Evelyn Alsultany, Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan

  • Najah Bazzy, Zaman International

  • Rais Bhuiyan, World Without Hate

  • Sheikh Musa Drammeh, New York Peace Coalition

  • Tarek El-Messidi, CelebrateMercy

  • Rev. Laura George, The Oracle Institute

  • Khadija Gurnah, Project Ejaba

  • Mirna Haidar, Z-Collective

  • Chaplain Asma Hanif, Muslimat Al-Nisaa

  • Nadia Hassan, Young Leaders Institute

  • Dr. Charles Haynes, Newseum and Newseum Institute

  • Laurin Hodge, Mission: Launch

  • Malek Jandali, Pianos for Peace

  • Aaron Jenkins, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Commerce

  • Soumaya Khalifa, Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta

  • Azim Khamisa, Tariq Khamisa Foundation

  • Omer Kiyani, Sentinl

  • Rev. James Lawson, Jr., United Methodist Church

  • Aisha Lbhalla, Muslim Women’s Council

  • Dr. Hillel Levine, International Center for Conciliation

  • Brie Loskota, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

  • Dr. Rami Nashashibi, Inner-City Muslim Action Network

  • Mary Joan and Jerry Park, Little Friends for Peace

  • Dr. Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core

  • Dr. Marc Pilisuk, Saybrook University

  • Amanda Saab, Amandasplate LLC

  • Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South

  • Jihad Turk, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School

  • Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners

  • Larry Yang, East Bay Meditation Center

The following leaders were nominated for the 2016 Young Leader Award ($5,000), for promoting inclusion and developing community-building resources and collaborative relationships necessary for mobilizing social change:

  • Rana Abdelhamid, Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment

  • Sadiya Abjani, Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity

  • Sumaya Abubaker, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

  • Ahmad Abuznaid, Dream Defenders

  • Dr. Sameera Ahmed, The Family and Youth Institute

  • Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates

  • Hana Alasry, Muslim American Society - Detroit

  • Laila Alawa, The Tempest

  • Naureen Ali, Houston Independent School District

  • Rajeen Amin, Islamic Center of Scranton

  • Shannon Erwin, Muslim Justice League

  • Maryam Eskandari, MIIM Designs

  • Tawfiq Farraj, Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals

  • Mirna Haidar, Z-Collective

  • Umar Hakim, ILM Foundation

  • Milia Islam-Majeed, South Coast Interfaith Council

  • Namira Islam, MuslimARC

  • Sarwat Jafri, Mubarakville

  • Sarah Jawaid, PICO Los Angeles

  • Wardah Khalid, Poligon

  • Sondos Kholaki, Two Faiths, One Friendship

  • Younus Mirza, Allegheny College

  • Jenan Mohajir, Interfaith Youth Core

  • Arbazz Mohammed, Sahaba Initiative

  • Essraa Nawar, Chapman University

  • Asha Noor, National Network for Arab American Communities

  • Sahar Pirzada, Council on American-Islamic Relations - LA

  • Chaplain Kameelah Rashad, Muslim Wellness Foundation

  • Lori Saroya, Council on American-Islamic Relations

  • Amina Spahic, EmergeUSA

The following leaders were nominated for the 2016 Fearless Ally Award ($5,000), for demonstrating outstanding courage in challenging Islamophobia and working alongside American Muslim communities to support inclusion, collaboration, and capacity building:

  • Ruth Broyde Sharone, Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions

  • Frank Chi, Chi/Donahoe

  • Jordan Denari Duffner, Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University

  • Rev. Dr. Joshua Graves, Otter Creek Church

  • Dr. Todd Green, Luther College

  • Traci Ishigo, Japanese American Citizens League

  • Jem Jebbia, Northeastern University Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service

  • John Kiser, The William and Mary Greve Foundation

  • Nathan Lean, Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University

  • Brie Loskota, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

  • Michal Meulenberg, Two Faiths, One Friendship

  • Joelle Novey, Interfaith Power and Light

  • R. Skyler Oberst, Spokane Interfaith Council

  • Catherine Orsborn, Shoulder to Shoulder

  • Christopher Records, University of Southern California

  • Aaron Stauffer, Religions for Peace USA

  • Rabbi Dr. Burt Visotzky, Jewish Theological Seminary

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Peace Award winners will be announced in the fall of 2016.


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