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CAIR Applauds ‘Historic’ Elections of Maryland Muslim Students to Public School Boards of Education

(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/3/19) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the historic elections of high school seniors Omer Reshid and Rida Alvi as student members of their respective county boards of education. 

SEE: BCPS Announcement Regarding New Student Board Member

New student board member sworn in for Anne Arundel County

Both students are the first Muslim youth to hold these positions in their respective counties. Their swearing-in ceremonies were held separately yesterday. The date coincided with the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 being signed into law. That act prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex and national origin. 

“This milestone is a well-deserved victory not only for these hardworking students, but also for the school systems that are making significant strides toward diversity and inclusion,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Representation matters, especially as bullying, intolerance and other issues continue to plague many schools. We look forward to these young leaders’ voices, ideas and contributions on behalf of their peers.”

Reshid, who was elected to the student member position in Baltimore County Public Schools, said in a statement to CAIR: “Coming to BCPS only two short years ago, I have seen firsthand what this [school] system has done for me, and I want to give back. I want to help improve our system and advocate for what is best for our students. I hope to do this by advocating for equalizing educational opportunities and focusing on the well-being and mental health of the student body.” 

Alvi, who will serve on the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education, shared with Arundel High News that her biggest goal is to “make the position of SMOB grow even more. . . [I want] more students [to] understand what SMOB does, but also include people from backgrounds that we don’t normally include.”

SEE: Rida Alvi: a student with a passion for politics

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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