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Rubina Tareen

Rubina Tareen has spent the last three decades as a community builder, activist, and volunteer. She  currently serves on the board of Respect Graduate School, Schuylkill County VISION, and the Islamic  Center of Reading. She also served on the ACLU-PA board from 2010-2020.


She has extensive experience in organizing and facilitating conferences for nonprofit organizations. She  has been involved with many nonprofits since 1996, starting with Zaytuna Institute- now known as Zaytuna College: the first Islamic college in America. This has allowed her to develop a wide network throughout the U.S.


Rubina also volunteers much of her time building bridges of understanding between the American Muslim community and people of other faiths, and regularly gives lectures on Islam and Muslims at  religious institutions and colleges. Her last post was serving as the Interfaith Chaplain at Alvernia  University in Reading. She has also served as a volunteer chaplain to the Muslim inmates at FCI  Schuylkill.


Recently, she has been working with the local community in Schuylkill County to help fight racism and to  open the first NAACP chapter in the county.


Rubina was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States at age sixteen. She is the mother of five  children, and currently lives in Schuylkill Haven with her husband.