Annual National Women’s Leadership Summit

 

In recent years, Muslim-American women have been more vulnerable than ever. In 2017, we founded the first national leadership fellowship to empower over 50 young Muslim women from across the U.S. to tackle the most pressing social justice issues. In line with Harvard University’s commitment to diversity and leadership development, the summit took place at Harvard Kennedy School and leverages the presence of these young women to engage the broader faculty and student body to create dialogue about islamophobia and issues of minority inclusion, especially from a gender-based lens.

The 2017 summit and fellowship have been a resounding success, as summit participants have brought the skills learned to self-created projects in their communities. 

Every summit participant attends an intensive organizing training, a financial literacy training and a self-defense training. She is committed to a one-year organizing project in her community upon completion of the summit weekend.

 

WHO:

The Summit and fellowship team is made up of Harvard University students from across the undergraduate and graduate campus, with various disciplinary backgrounds.

 

WHERE:

The summit and fellowship launch will take place on the Harvard Kennedy School campus and will be partnered with the Harvard Kennedy School Gender Policy Union. Participants will be housed with students and/or will be responsible for their own housing.

 

WHAT:

In recent years, Muslim-American women have been more vulnerable than ever. Last year, we launched the very first national leadership fellowship to empower over 50 young Muslim women from across the U.S. to tackle the most pressing issues facing Muslim American women, especially in light of the election of Donald Trump. The 2017 summit and fellowship have been a resounding success, as summit participants have brought the skills learned to self-created projects in their communities. 

 

HOW:

Every year the National Muslim Women’s Summit brings over 50 young Muslim women from across the U.S. to Harvard University for training and organizing. At the summit, selected fellows will be trained in leadership skills like public narrative, media engagement, and organizing, and will have the opportunity to attend panels and workshops with Muslim American women leaders. The central focus of the summit will be to come up with year-long projects which fellows will carry out as they return to their home communities. Participants will be selected through an intensive online application process.

2017 Fellows   |   2018 Fellows

2017 overview

2019 Applications NOW OPEN. APPLY HERE.