Dr. Farid I. Muhammad
Born, raised and educated in Harlem, N.Y.C., N.Y. Dr. Farid I. Muhammad currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at East-West University (EWU) in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his B.A. degree in psychology at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.; his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and his Ed.D. in Administration & Management at the University of Sarasota (Argosy University) in Florida. He had previously performed doctoral studies in clinical psychology at the State University of NY at Albany; and in administration/comparative international systems in education at Indiana University in Bloomington. He temporarily discontinued his doctoral studies at Indiana University to serve first as Assistant Director of Adult Education and subsequently Director of the Ministry of Education for the Muhammad University of Islam/Sister Clara Muhammad school system Chicago, Illinois 1975-1979.
In addition to his current administrative and academic responsibilities at EWU, he has also designed and managed federal projects under the U.S. Department of Education. During a twelve year period, these multi-million dollar projects were designed to help identify and train qualified first-generation and low-income high school students who needed socio-academic assistance in making a transition to varied institutions of higher education.
Dr. Muhammad works in collaboration with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a confederation of 57 Muslim Nations of the UN and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the American Islamic College (AIC).He also serves as a member of the Directorate of the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM). IHRAAM is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which operates in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UNITED NATIONS’ (UN).Dr. Muhammad has represented IHRAAM in a variety of international and domestic venues. This includes serving as the key representative and facilitator for a 41 member IHRAAM delegation to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (UN/WCAR) in Durban, South Africa, 2001. As frequent panelist, a most recent presentation was titled “Minority Referenda as a Means of Providing Criteria for the Recognition of Collective Rights in Multinational States (A Case Study: African-American Self-Determination in a Post-UN/WCAR Environment)”. His international travels include visits to Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle-East.