Amer Ahmed has joined Swarthmore College as the new dean of the sophomore class and director of the Intercultural Center (IC). He was previously associate director of the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and Trotter Multicultural Center at the University of Michigan.
â€œAmer brings a wealth of experience and knowledge related to student development and support in the context of cultural centers,â€ Braun says. â€œHe is known for his warmth, his enthusiasm, and is universally described as someone deeply committed to student learning and growth, building inclusive environments, and building collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, and staff.â€
Ahmed has served as the associate director of MESA and Trotter Multicultural Center at the University of Michigan since 2007. In this position, he provides support for diversity programming initiatives, student advising, supervises professional staff within the MESA office, manages the budget, and develops assessment and long range strategic planning for MESA. Ahmed has also served as an associate faculty member for the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication since 2010 and has worked as an intercultural diversity consultant for a range of colleges and universities since 2005. He served as the director of Intercultural Affairs at Concordia College (2005-2007); the director of Intercultural Programs at Loras College (2003-2005); and was an associate instructor in Afro-American Studies at Indiana University. He is also the Board of Directors Co-Chair for the Hip Hop Congress.
Ahmed received his B.A. in anthropology and Black World Studies from Miami University; his M.A. in Afro-American and African Diaspora studies, anthropology from Indiana University; and is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota, where his dissertation focuses on the oral tradition as a critical liberatory praxis in Islamic Black America.