MSiA President Awarded SUNY Empire SGS Dean’s Medal

10460338_1536490826615368_1839929455579642052_n (2)MSiA president Layla Abdullah-Poulos was one of four students selected to receive the SUNY Empire State College School for Graduate Studies Dean’s Medal. Graduate students are selected for this distinction in recognition of their academic excellence and commitment to the School for Studies.

“I’ve learned so much at Empire. It is really an honor that my research and work is recognized by the School for Graduate Studies.” – Layla Abdullah-Poulos

Abdullah-Poulos recently received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and is slated to graduate with a M.A. in Liberal Studies at SUNY Empire State College this June.

A brief description of Layla’s master’s thesis is below: 

The purpose of Abdullah-Poulos’ final project is to examine distinct cultural productions of NbA Muslims resulting from the convergence of Islamic and American cultural experiences and values. Thus, the main objective of her final project is to explore and explicate on the cultural particularities in the NbA Muslim culture that manifested during the literature review process. Where the literature review exposed the tendency to overgeneralize American Muslim culture and overlook the NbA Muslim subculture, Abdullah-Poulos’ final project utilizes their cultural productions to demonstrate the uniqueness and socio-cultural influence of this demographic. 

Congratulations Layla!


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