The Muslim Inclusion Resource Group

This is a group comprised of Muslim members and allies of the BSD, Pritzker, UCM and broader university community. The group aims to provide a “safe-space” to discuss issues of religious and cultural accommodation and inclusion within campus as it relates to the Muslim community. Further the group aims to be a resource for its members and liaise with leadership around policies and actions that can service the religious and spiritual needs of Muslim at the U of C. Without a voice, Muslim members of the community will continue to feel marginalized and perceive discrimination and lack of inclusion. Consequently, this group aims to give voice and agency, and otherwise support students, trainees, faculty, staff and employees.

Current areas of focus include:
1) Accommodation of religious practices during work hours
2) Prayer Spaces and Venues at multiple campus sites
3) Time Off policies for religious observances and holidays


Leadership Team:

Dr. Mahmoud Ismail: Dr. Ismail is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Co-Director of the University of Chicago Perinatal Network. He is an expert in high-risk obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine and infectious diseases in obstetrics.

Dr. Aasim Padela: Dr. Padela is the Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion as well as the Director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine at the University. He is also an Associate Professor in the section of Emergency Medicine and a faculty member at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Padela is an emergency medicine physician, health services researcher, and bioethicist whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of minority health and bioethics through the lens of the healthcare experiences of American Muslim patients and health care providers.

Prof Amir Sufi: Professor Sufi is a Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Professor Sufi was awarded the 2017 Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association, given biennially to the top financial economics scholar under the age of 40.

Seher Siddiqee: Seher is the Assistant Director of Spiritual Life and Advisor for Muslim Affairs at the University of Chicago. She was born and raised in California where she completed her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and Psychology at Santa Clara University. She graduated from Hartford Seminary with her M.A. in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. Seher has been deeply involved in her local Muslim and Interfaith communities; being a part of both and building bridges is one of her biggest passions.


To be included on the MIRG listserv please send an email with subscribe in the subject header to  Contact Dr. Aasim Padela for more information

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