The CIOGC board and staff express their deep gratitude and appreciation to the sponsors, guests, and volunteers of our 25th Anniversary CommUnity Dinner. The mission of CIOGC was in action at our anniversary event as our large and diverse community united to learn, to share, and to grow together.
CIOGC's 2017 Documentary not only marks a quarter century of unity and diversity, but shares how the Council makes a positive difference in the Muslim community and greater society. Featuring voices from member organizations and partners, the documentary highlights CIOGC's areas of focus: community, civic engagement, interfaith relations, youth leadership, and media advocacy.
The CIOGC Board and Staff are proud to present the CIOGC 2017 Yearbook which highlights our mission and work with members and the community, government, interfaith partners, youth, and media. The Yearbook is published as a Chicago Crescent Special Edition issue and serves as an excellent resource on CIOGC and the Chicagoland Muslim community.
Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), focused her keynote address at CIOGC's 25th Anniversary Dinner on solutions for more vibrant, inclusive, and service-oriented Islamic centers. As part of ISPU, Mogahed is spearheading the Reimagining Muslim Spaces (RMS) Study which aims to stimulate and support mosques and community centers to meet the diverse social, civic, and economic needs of their congregants with special attention to often marginalized groups, including women, youth, and converts.
From the moment Dilara Sayeed graduated from Headstart preschool for low-income children, she understood the value of access to education and resources. Dilara's family immigrated from India in the 1970s. She is a product of the Chicago Public Schools and the Muslim Community Center, one of the first mosques in Chicago. Dilara believes the only way to be part of the fabric of our great nation is to work and serve in our communities. She is as an educator, community activist, and civic leader.