A recent graduate in Media Communications and Arts from City College of New York, Ms. Sahar Khan is the recipient of the Asian American / Asian Research Institute’s 2011 CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship, for her project, Islamic Studies Program. Named after AAARI’s first Executive Director and first Asian member of the CUNY Board of Trustees, the Tam Scholarship awards a CUNY undergraduate student $1,000 for their leadership and work in the communication of the issues and concerns of the Asian American community.
Ms. Khan’s project began in 2010 with student petitions and meetings with faculty, students and administration at City College. The Islamic Studies Program aims to develop a general introduction to the culture, language, literature, religion, history and philosophy of Muslim people worldwide. This would be the only academic program at CUNY whose focus is on Islam and its expression in Muslim society. The Program is currently pending approval by the City College Student Faculty Senate, and then by the CUNY Board of Trustees.
An Honorable Mention award will also be given to Ms. Seimi Kim, an undergraduate student in Film Production at Brooklyn College, for her project HOME, a short fiction film illustrating struggles faced by international students.
Both students will be honored at the Asian American / Asian Research Institute’s 10th Annual Gala on November 17, 2011.