Tasneem Sultan, Director
Tasneem Sultan is a community organizer and leader having 10+ years of experience collaborating with ethnic, religious, cultural, and advocacy organizations across the US. Tasneem began her activism while living in Alabama, where she was active in organizations such as Interfaith Mission Services and the Arts Council of Huntsville, Alabama. When she relocated with her family to New Jersey, she became involved in many groups. She chaired the Human Relations Council of West Windsor Township, NJ, and served as a member of the ‘United We Create Advisory Committee’ of Young Audiences New Jersey along with other organizations. Tasneem also co-founded and served as the president of La Convivencia, a New Jersey nonprofit devoted to the ideals of coexistence and dialog. Currently, she is a board member of the Jewish Voices for Peace-Detroit, serves in the Parent & Family Intercultural Advisory Council at the University of Maryland, and runs a youth online platform, Connecting With Humanity.
Tasneem’s experiences living in Pakistan, France, Canada, and various states in the US offered her firsthand knowledge of diverse people and convinced her of the importance of creating dialogs between people of different faiths, cultures, and ethnicities. As an American Muslim woman, she realized that misunderstandings due to a lack of empathy and acceptance could easily lead to tensions and violence. She is determined to do what she can to help others understand and appreciate different cultures.
In 2019, Tasneem was honored as a recipient of the Mercer County (NJ) Women of Achievement Award given by the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women. She was also recognized in New Jersey 2019 State Governor’s Jefferson Honorees for Justice award. Tasneem’s faith and values motivate her commitment to equality, human rights, and service to humanity. She is committed to creating sustainable cross-cultural and interfaith friendships and raising awareness of systemic racism through the power of dialogue. Her goal in life is to inspire change that matters and to mobilize as many people as possible to speak in the name of peace, justice, and human dignity.
Dwight L. Wilson, Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, Chair
Kaye Foyle, Baha’i Faith, Vice Chair
Keith Koebel, Free Agent of the United Church of Christ, Treasurer
Kelly Gauthier, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Secretary
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Sheikh Abdullah al-Mahmudi, Islamic Center of Ann Arbor
Marta Dabis, JissoJo Zen Ann Arbor
Sharada Kumar, Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor
Lucinda Kurtz, M.A., Pardes Hannah
Armaity Minwalla, Zoroastrian Association of Michigan
Rev. Diane Smith, Journey of Faith Christian Church
Bryan Weinert, Zion Lutheran Church