As a result of his interfaith work and commitment to developing the Muslim Students Association at Wake Forest University, Mustafa was awarded the Martin Luther King Building the Dream Award and the G. McCleod Bryan Pro Humanitate Award by Wake Forest University. Since graduating in May of 2010, Mustafa worked as a community organizer for CHANGE (Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment), which is made up of 48 dues-paying member organizations comprising a network of 23,000 persons, making it the largest interfaith organizing group in the Southeast. Mustafa has trained hundreds of persons, including 150 college students, in the art of community organizing, resulting in students creating CHANGE affiliates on local college campuses.
Mustafa has worked on campaigns dealing with public education, bullying and discrimination, foreclosures, minority contracting, immigrant issues, capping interest rates on credit cards and loans, public transportation, senior citizens issues, and more. He is a member of the U.S. Department’s Generation Change program, served as a commissioner and vice-chair of the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission, and served on the board of directors for the Institute for Dismantling Racism and the Piedmont Interfaith Council. He is currently enrolled in the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, housed at the University of Southern California’s Religion and Civic Culture, which seeks to develop and train American Muslim leaders who are committed to civic engagement. Mustafa is a member of the Interfaith Youth Core’s Alumni Speakers Bureau and speaks to various faith-based communities, college campuses, and other interested groups locally and across the country about making interfaith cooperation a social norm.
Mustafa is excited to continue the fight for social justice and build a more beloved community with the ACLU of Missouri.
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