The Strategic Planning and Development Execution Team, guided by Islamic teachings and values, seeks to establish a resource at the University of Pennsylvania that serves as an academic, cultural, and religious center for Islam and Muslims. We aspire to enhance the Muslim community, strengthen our partnership with the University, and collaborate with communities on and off campus to build a richer and more diverse experience for the broader Penn community. The SPADE Team seeks to achieve this vision by:

  • Building a sustainable, volunteer-driven committee led by Penn alumni that continue to champion the organizational vision for many years in the future
  • Actively soliciting input from constituents (alumni, students, administrators) to ensure we prioritize the most impactful initiatives
  • Partnering with key University personnel (e.g., Chaplin, Endowment office) to build important and lasting relationships, and create an avenue to share our views on matters of concern to the Penn Muslim Community
  • Raising funds by developing a long-term fund raising strategy to raise money to support our organizational aspirations

To date, we have succeeded, Alhamdulillah, in establishing an MSA Endowment earmark within the broader Penn endowment (that is Shari’ah compliant). We hope to build upon this success by working on the long-term goals and aspirations of our supporting members. The team intends to consistently reach out to our supporters to solicit feedback and share our progress. We look forward to building something remarkable, Insha’Allah. Please contact Samir Malik ( to learn more about Project SPADE.

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