Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Pious Ali Receives Award for Excellence

Pious Ali with his award

Pious Ali was awarded the Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Holocaust and Human Rights Education & Leadership on June 11, 2017 by Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine's Executive Director, Elizabeth Helitzer, and David Greenham, Program Director. Pious, who works at the Cutler Institute at USM, is the first African-born Muslim American to be elected to public office in Maine, in 2013 on Portland's Board of Public Education and in 2016 as a member of Portland's City Council. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance and co-founded the King Fellows, a Portland-based youth group dedicated to creating youth leadership and civic engagement based on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pious was honored for his ongoing multi-faceted work in Maine fostering meaningful dialogue across cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, and faith-based barriers.

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