Tahera Ahmad is an associate chaplain and faculty fellow at Northwestern University. A native of the Chicagoland Muslim community, she studied traditional Islamic studies at Al-Diwan/Al-Azhar in Cairo and in the Christian-Muslim Relations and Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary. Previously she served as the Muslim Chaplain at Mt. Holyoke College, and as the Department Head of Islamic Studies at one of the largest Muslim Schools in the nation, Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park. Ahmad has served on the board of prominent Muslim organizations including the Muslim Community Center of Chicago.