New CIC Board member Ala’a Wafa
New board member of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation Ala’a Wafa is currently Associate Counsel in the Legal Department at Cummins Inc. in their Indianapolis office. Ala’a received her bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Political Science and International Relations. After completing her bachelors, Ala’a worked as a Staff Assistant, and later Legislative Correspondent, for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold in Washington, D.C. She then pursued her law degree from Michigan State University-College of Law, with a concentration in International and Comparative Law, before joining Cummins.
Ala’a is involved in interfaith work and presents in the central Indiana area on interfaith topics. Ala’a explains her passion for interfaith:
I grew up experiencing faith-based misunderstanding as well as the power of interfaith work to address that. My parents were deeply involved in interfaith work in southern Indiana and Wisconsin and I see myself continuing in their footsteps. I believe in its ability to build bridges of understanding and friendship. There are misconceptions today about people of different faiths that disenfranchise people and hinder our society’s ability to progress as fellow human beings. The interfaith community has a critical role to play in breaking down barriers of misunderstanding to build bridges of understanding.
She was published an essay in the book I Speak For Myself, a collection of essays whose goal is to dismantle stereotypes of what it means to be a Muslim woman in America.
Says Ala’a: “My favorite quote is undoubtedly from Margaret Mead: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.'”