Asad Dandia, Community Engagement Coordinator


Asad is a Brooklyn native who comes to MCN with an organizing background rooted deeply in his Muslim faith. Asad graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work with a focus on community organizing. While at NYU, Asad worked as a youth community organizer with ‘Make the Road New York’ and with the ‘Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding’ in their Conflict Resolution department. He has also served as a Fellow with NYU’s Center for Spiritual Life. Previous to joining MCN where he coordinates the Community Engagement and MY NYC Bridge Youth Mentoring programs, Asad served as Program Manager for the ‘Cordoba House,’ where he currently still works as a Sunday school instructor. He is cofounder of ‘Muslims Giving Back,’ a faith-based nonprofit geared toward building community and tackling poverty through service and interfaith work.

Asad has been heavily involved in New York’s Muslim community since he was a young teen. Today, he is actively involved in the interfaith and organizing scene in New York, and is often invited to deliver Friday sermons at colleges including New York University and Columbia University, and is an actively involved member of NYU’s Islamic Center, where he was on the board of multiple clubs as an undergraduate. Currently, Asad is back at NYU pursuing a Master’s degree in Near (Middle) Eastern Studies. Asad sees himself working at the intersections of activism, advocacy, and academia in his professional life. He is proficient in Arabic, Urdu, and Hebrew, and hopes to start studying Persian in the coming year.