MSiA 2017 Election

Voting will take place online, and there is only one vote per member.
choice-158159_1280This year, all board members are up for re-election.  In addition, there is one new executive board position, Webmaster.  The MSiA webmaster will manage the organization’s website and social media.

Use the link below to cast your vote:

2017 MSiA Election

Please complete the entire ballot.

Contact us  at with any questions or comments.

Note:  **Votes made before 12am on 11/8/17  or after 8pm on 11/10/17 will not be valid** Incomplete ballots will not be counted. 

Part of the Problem: Rationalizing Aversion to Black Muslims

Native-born American Muslims

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos

nba-article-part-of-the-problem-2 Picture by Gregory Akinlotan – Pixabay

In the articleLet’s Talk About Colorblindness and Racism in The Mosque, Nzinga Muhammad outlines the dual forms of societal and intra-Muslim racism to which Black Muslims are subject and with which they must struggle in their daily lives. Muhammad describes common racist methods imposed upon Black Muslim bodies by their coreligionists in shared spaces:

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MSiA-LI: Midterm Mocktail Mixer

The Fall Semester midterm period can be a stressful time for the adult learner. It marks a point during the term where students must take time to assess where they are in their studies and how to make sure they don’t fall behind.  In addition to all the academic demands, students must find ways to fit studies into the numerous familial, communal, and professional celebrations marking the holiday season.

The MSiA Midterm Mocktail Mixer is an opportunity to join fellow ESC students, enjoy refreshments, and engage in discussions that will help you organize and better manage your time when there seems to be so little of it available.




Saturday 11/12/16 * 12 pm

SUNY Empire State College, Long Island

223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury, NY 11568

Email   for information


SUNY Empire State College Events Page


If there are any MSiA members in the Hudson or Northeast areas there are events co-sponsored by MSiA you may be interested. The film screenings of “Daddy Don’t Go” on Sept 19 (Newburgh) and 21 (Schenectady). You may sign up on the college’s event page for either (or both!).
“Daddy Don’t Go” is a tough but tender journey that aims to illuminate the everyday struggles of

disadvantaged fathers. This intimate, verité film pays homage to every man who negates the

“deadbeat dad” stereotype with a deep love for his children. By allowing the viewer extraordinary access into the daily lives of its subjects, “Daddy Don’t Go” will remove the negative lens through which underprivileged fathers are currently viewed and offer audiences a new image of the American family.



MSiA 2016 Election Results

board picThe SUNY Empire State College Minority Students in Action club’s 2016 Election results are available. The 2016-2017 executive board comprises of new and existing members. 

The Communications Coordinator position is still vacant, and we are seeking to have it filled.  We would like the MSiA board to be as diverse as possible and reflective of our organization’s commitment to inclusion. So far, this is the first year that a male member will not be serving on the executive board. Therefore, we encourage our male members to consider applying. Please contact us at to express your interest in serving on the executive board.    

We are looking forward to an exciting year with our standard activities focused on enhancing the academic lives of our members and SUNY Empire State College students. There will also be the return of the Pathway Adult Literacy Program with Eastern Suffolk BOCES as well as new events that will help raise social awareness and provide the opportunity for members to pay it forward in their college community. 

Please review the election results by clicking the link below.  

Let us know if you would like to become more involved in MSiA. We can do great things together! 

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Layla Abdullah-Poulos, president

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!


9/11 Museum Tour

9-11 Trip

Join MSiA members on a tour of the 9/11 Memorial in NYC. On September 11, 2001, the country was shaken and changed by a horrible act that claimed the lives of thousands of Americans from numerous backgrounds. Join MSiA members on a tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Before and after the tour, there will be time for reflection and discussion.

Adults are $10 per person and children 6 and under are free. 

Register by visiting the SUNY Empire State College Events Page:

For more information, email Tanya Thompson at

ESC Ed4All Presents to SUNY Ban the Box Commission

Ban-the-BoxThe SUNY Empire State College student group ESC Education for All will speak to Governor Cuomo’s SUNY Ban the Box Commission today.  “The Box” is an unnecessary part of some college admissions applications that unfavorably targets formerly incarcerated applicants and disproportionately affects minorities.

ESC Ed4All co-chairs Tanya Thompson and Omar Richards, faculty advisor Jim Wunsch and founder of H.O.L.L.A.! Cory Greene will speak to the commission via video conferencing at the SUNY Empire State College Metropolitan location.

ESC Education for All serves as an example of the dynamic student activism taking place at SUNY Empire State College.

Good luck Ed4All.  Minority Students in Action stands in solidarity with you on this issue!


Visit the ESC Ed4All Facebook page to show your support!

5 Empire State College Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is given to students in recognition for “their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.” The award is a distinction for both the students chosen and the college they attend.

There are 5 SUNY Empire State College students chosen to receive the  2015-2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence:

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Jaime Lopez,

Omar Richards,

Kim Russell and

Eric Schultz.

We are proud to note that two MSiA members, Layla Abdullah-Poulos and Omar Richards, are among the list of Empire State College students honored.  Congratulations Layla and Omar!

Congratulations to our SUNY Empire State College Fellows and all of thisYear’s SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Recipients!

MSiA President Selected for SUNY Chancellor’s Award

10460338_1536490826615368_1839929455579642052_n (2)Every year, SUNY honors students from its colleges throughout the state with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.  The award recognizes students for “their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.”

This year, Minority Students in Action president Layla Abdullah-Poulos was selected to receive a SUNY Chancellor’s Award.  Abdullah-Poulos is one of five of SUNY Empire State College’s 20,000 students to be selected.

Congratulations Layla!