Deputy Director at IMAN
Alia is responsible for overseeing the organization’s development and communications functions and engaging other organizations and institutions around strategic programs and initiatives. In her over eleven years at IMAN, Alia has worked on development, community organizing, and policy, advocating on issues related to food, criminal, and juvenile justice, and strategizing around creative new ways to get healthy foods and safe physical activities into Chicago neighborhoods.
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Alia graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in International Studies and a concentration in Islamic World Studies. She is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago and was an appointee of the Equity Advisory Council of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Alia lives with her husband and two sons on Chicago’s South Side.
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“Our mission is to be the unifying federation of Islamic organizations of greater Chicagoland, the leading advocate of Muslim community interests and a catalyst for enriching American society.”
For nearly three decades, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) has served as the unifying force that brings together over 400,000 Muslim Americans in the greater Chicago region, and now increasingly all of Illinois. With over 60 member organizations, ranging from mosques to Islamic schools and community organizations based in the Chicagoland region, the CIOGC is made up of a very large and diverse body. Muslims are represented by a wide array of ethnicities, races and cultures including African Americans, Nigerians, South Asians, Arabs, Bosnians, Albanians, Turks, Latinos, Caucasians, and many more. The Council brings these extraordinary communities together in cooperation and collaboration to engage and work with the interfaith community, government, media, and the public in general.
CIOGC develops platforms for membership and the Muslim community at large to engage elected officials and community leaders concerning public policies impacting our communities and neighborhoods. Starting with an annual day of advocacy in Springfield (IMAD), our work around civic engagement has expanded to include voter registration, GOTV, candidate forums, and town hall meetings with elected officials. Examine the scope of our work and opportunities for your engagement through this link.
A fundamental component within our mission is building an understanding of the religion of Islam in the broader community and cultivating collaborative relationships with other faith traditions directed at the promotion of social justice and equity in our society.
The common thread of our work and projects is the empowerment of member organizations. Through collective purchasing opportunities, best practices workshops, and skill training affecting operational and fiscal management, CIOGC strives to foster stability and sustainability among member organizations.