The Markaz is thrilled to announce the winners of our 2021 Community Awards! Congratulations to Yusuf Zahurullah (Abbasi-Markaz Fellow, 2021-2022), Zainab Hosseini (VPGE Academic Achievement Award for the Markaz) and Arman Kassam (Markaz Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Contributions).
ABBASI-MARKAZ STUDENT FELLOW (2021-2022)
YUSUF ZAHURULLAH '23
We are excited to announce the inaugural Abbasi-Markaz Student Fellowship for the 2021-2022 school year will be Yusuf Zahurullah, ‘23. Yusuf, a rising junior, is majoring in History, the current Social Justice Director of the Muslim Student Union, the Co-President for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and a Markaz PODS leader.
The purpose of the Abbasi-Markaz fellowship is to foster student-led campus conversations on themes related to Islam or Muslim societies and cultures in any historical or regional context. Starting this summer, Yusuf will work directly with the Markaz, the Abbasi program, and affiliated faculty to curate scholarly events that generate important community discourse. We are excited about Yusuf leading this effort, and looking forward to this partnership! Congratulations, Yusuf!
VPGE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR THE MARKAZ: ZAINAB HOSSEINI, Ed.M., ASW
Zainab Hosseini, Ed.M., ASW, is a doctoral candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, an MA candidate in the Stanford Department of Psychology, and an associate clinical social worker. As part of the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program, Zainab focuses on designing culturally relevant psychosocial interventions for students impacted by emergencies, specifically within armed conflict settings.
During her time at Stanford, Zainab also served as the Social Justice Director of the Muslim Student Union. In this role, she engaged in critical advocacy work and fundraising around refugee issues. At the Markaz, Zainab has been a key graduate student voice, consulting and supporting staff as we develop programs for a diverse community. We are so proud to honor Zainab with this award! Zainab, thank you for your important research and your commitment to our community.
MARKAZ UNDERGRADUATE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS:
ARMAN KASSAM '22
The Markaz Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Contributions is a new award that seeks to recognize community members who demonstrate a strong commitment to the Markaz community and space through their contributions as staff members, interns, or volunteers. Arman Kassam, a third-year History major, is both the inaugural recipient and inspiration behind this award.
In his role as the “Telling Our Stories Manager” and through independent design projects, Arman has artfully captured and uplifted the nuance, beauty and power within our community. During the pandemic, Arman led the design of the Digital Markaz and Virtual Ramadan, interactive websites that served as a stand-in for our physical center this year. These online spaces have meant so much to us and will remain important sites of gathering and celebration. We are also deeply grateful for his work on this season of the Mosaic podcast, which captures a multitude of experiences from this challenging year through thought-provoking and enjoyable storytelling. Arman, thank you for your outstanding contributions, past and present, to the Markaz community.
The University of Arkansas Press'sEtel Adnan Poetry Prize has been awarded to Stanford poet Maya Salameh for her manuscript How to Make an Algorithm in the Microwave. Read more about Maya's award here.
In the 2019-2020, Maya served as the Markaz's inaugural Artist in Residence, organizing memorable events like BORDERS and launching the Community Creative Archive. Maya is a beloved member of our community and we are thrilled to see her work recognized in this way. Congratulations, Maya!