Khoja youth recognised by Columbia College in New York


A Young Khoja is being awarded from Columbia College in New York city for Inclusion and Advocacy. Please read our article below to know more.

Mikyle Hassanali

Mikyle Hassanali is a senior, majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Political Science from Columbia College in New York City. He is a Co-Media Coordinator who aims to produce and deliver meaningful and artistic content, incorporating his passions for Arabic calligraphy and graphic design.

He has been a member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) executive board for four years. Since this is his final year, he hopes to make it the best one by helping MSA become a more inclusive and vibrant space for people of all backgrounds.

Inclusion and Advocacy Award

Under the Leadership and Excellence 2021 Awards, Mikyle is being recognised for his efforts to foster deeper understanding and connections among the diverse Muslim community at Columbia College through the Inclusion and Advocacy Award. His efforts, particularly in creating safer spaces and support for Shia Muslims within the MSA, are highly appreciated.

Mikyle holds multiple leadership roles within the MSA and has developed impactful Shia-Sunni dialogues, and fostered stronger relationships not just on campus but also among other NYC-area Muslim college students. He also created one of the first university Ahlul Bayt (as) Chair positions in the country to specifically meet the needs of Shia Muslim students, ensuring that the important work he initiated is sustained beyond his time at Columbia.

As a recipient of the award, Mikyle says, “It is a great honour to receive this award. I’d like to thank my loving and supportive family and friends, Ustadha Amina Darwish, and Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer, for helping me in this journey of enabling systemic change.”

The Khoja News team congratulates Mikyle Hassanali and wishes him all the best in all his endeavours.