Muslim Students and Scholars Association (MSSA)

The MSSA is dedicated to fostering fellowship among UMB students through the planning, development, and implementation of programmatic initiatives. It is an umbrella organization that is open to all students at UMB and serves to provide support for its members. It provides spiritual and social support for its members as well as educational opportunities for members and the UMB campus as a whole to enrich the intellectual atmosphere present on campus. MSSA services and programs serve to fill a need created by students, specifically Muslim students, living away from an organized Muslim community and its social structure.



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Amal Afzal (Primary Senator)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Amal graduates this May with her masters (MSW) in Clinical Social Work - Behavioral Health Specialization and she hopes to work with populations suffering from mental health disorders to improve the qualities of their lives. She has served on the USGA as a senator for 2 years: 1st year she was a sentor for the School of Social Work and represented the Clinical Concentration, and this year she represents MSSA.

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Sarah Arafat

Sarah Arafat is currently a second-year student at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Denstistry. She serves as Curriculum Chair for the dental class of 2022. She also serves as Vice President, and alternate USGA senator when needed, for the Muslim Students and Scholars Association. Sarah has lived in Baltimore since childhood and enjoys being responsibly spontaneous!