A member of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati is awarded by the FBI for her work in educating the public and bringing diverse communities together.
Keith L. Bennett, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced on Friday, April 1st, that Mrs. Shakila Ahmad has been named as the recipient of the 2010 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for the Cincinnati Division.
The FBI says that Shakila Ahmad is a volunteer who has been a strong partner with law enforcement agencies and the Greater Cincinnati-area Muslim community, where she has dedicated herself to numerous civic and community causes.
In a statement released on Friday the Islamic Center says: We thank Shakila for her dedication to her faith, the United States and her fellow Muslim Americans. The Islamic Center is fortunate to have her on its leadership team.
In 2008, Mrs. Ahmad worked closely with the Cincinnati Division of the FBI to assemble a Multi-Cultural Advisory Council to strengthen ties between the field office and local ethnic, religious and minority communities. The group continues to meet regularly to promote understanding, build trust and discuss important community issues.
The FBI also says Shakila Ahmad has taken a pro-active role in promoting peace through dialogue with the founding of the Muslim Mothers Against Violence initiative. The is group known to work with mothers of all faiths to increase awareness about violence – from schoolyard bullying to terrorism – and to find constructive ways to resolve conflict. Mrs. Ahmad also initiated the Bullies and Victims school violence prevention program while serving as president of the Academy of Medicine Alliance of Cincinnati. She has coordinated and taught numerous programs about non-violence and bullying prevention in her work with children, educators, women's groups and medical professionals.
Mrs. Ahmad has been an active member of the board of trustees at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati since 1995 and is the first woman to serve in this position. The Center says through her role as the Tours and Talks Education and Outreach Chair for the Islamic Center, Mrs. Ahmad has worked to educate law enforcement personnel and community leaders about the Muslim faith. She also spearheaded the creation of the nationally recognized "A Visit to a Mosque in America" educational DVD which has increased the understanding of Islam and the Muslim community in the United States.
In addition to her extensive work at the Islamic Center, Shakila Ahmad serves as the board chair for BRIDGES for a Just Community. She is also on the executive board of directors for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Islamic Educational Council board of trustees, and the YWCA board.
SAC Bennett presented Mrs. Ahmad with the Director's Community Leadership Award at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. A formal ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. will take place on Friday, March 25, 2011.