By Frederick Bader
HALSTEAD – A Halstead High School and Bethel College graduate is among the 18 individuals appointed by President Obama to the Third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Aziza Hasan graduated from Halstead High School in 1999 and from Bethel College in 2003 with a degree in history and a certificate in conflict resolution. She is currently the executive director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, an organization she co-founded in 2006.
At NewGround, Hasan worked with government officials and law enforcement agencies, often responding to events of national significance, such as the shootings at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas, in November 2009.
Hasan is remembered fondly in the place where she began her education. “Aziza, when she was here, was a very accomplished young lady,” Halstead High School principal Joe Gerber said. “We are so proud of everything she’s accomplished since leaving Halstead High School. She’s a very giving person, somebody who will serve the president well.”
She has spoken to audiences across the country on topics such as women’s rights in Islam, forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. She is scheduled to speak at Halstead High School later this month.
The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations.
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