Gifts of Hope 2014


Location:  Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont, CA [map]

Program Details
-9:00am Educational Leadership Circle pre-event (invitation only)
-10:00am – 12:00pm
-Please register now to save your spot.
-Childcare is available for $10 per child. (Ages 4-10 only. Children
under the age of 10 will not be permitted to attend the main program.)


Speaker Bios:

Dr. Colleen Keyes

Dr. Keyes began her teaching career in Spanish and English as a Second Language in New Haven Public Schools where she served for twelve years as tenured faculty. She also taught at Yale University’s English Language Institute and at Al Ain University, UAE. During the nineties, Dr. Keyes served as Associate Professor of English and Spanish at Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT, where she also served for five years as Chair of the Humanities Department. Dr. Keyes became Dean of Academic Affairs at Tunxis where she had oversight over the college’s degree and certificate programs, the faculty, the advising center, the media and instructional technologies department, and the library. During these years, she played a major role in the NEASC re-accreditation process and the development of a faculty-designed assessment system of program outcomes that utilizes student-developed e-portfolios. Dr. Keyes currently has oversight of the Academic and Student Affairs Division of Zaytuna and teaches Freshman Seminar and Rhetoric.

Dr. Keyes is a member of American Muslims for Palestine, Sabeel, North America and the Middle East Children’s Alliance. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American Association of University Administrators, and the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies.

Imam Tahir Anwar

Tahir Anwar is an Imam, a teacher, an activist, a husband, a father, and most importantly, a servant of Allah. Born in London, England, he has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983.

Upon completing his religious studies in India, he has been serving as the Imam of one of the oldest masjids in the country, the South Bay Islamic Association in San Jose, California, since 2000.

He is the founding board member of Averroes High School, the Bay Area’s first Muslim high school. He also teaches Islamic Law at the renowned Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college in Berkeley, California. He is currently the chairman for the board of NISA, North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused, an organization that works towards alleviating issues related to abuse and domestic violence. NISA also runs a shelter for abused women in the Bay Area. He also serves on ISNA’s executive committee.

He has a passion for community service. He served on the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Jose for over 5 years, and the Human Relations Commission for the County of Santa Clara for 1 year. He also leads a group for Hajj each year, which has been covered by CNN twice.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The dearest of actions to Allah is that which is done regularly, even if it is small.”  [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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