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Rebeka Islam has been serving various multicultural communities in Hamtramck, Warren, Sterling Heights and the Greater Detroit area since 2007, when she began with Asian Pacific Islander American Vote-MI as an intern, before working her way up to her current position as Executive Director. She has previously worked for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Skillman Foundation. Islam's work with these organizations collectively has involved increasing voter awareness, providing community resources to underserved communities and those in need, and addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes through organizing protests and providing community support.
In her earlier days, Islam was empowered to pursue community organizing in high school via encouraging community support for hurricane relief through various fundraising initiatives, including the support of a text-based fundraising campaign. Islam also started a youth-based Red Cross chapter in the City of Detroit, and since its founding, they've had 50 chapters pop up throughout the city, on standby for relief support. Islam has worked tirelessly to provide assistance with language access and translation services for underserved communities, as well as the provision of COVID-19 materials and vaccinations, and community resource distribution for our AAPI community. In her spare time, Islam directly provides translation and interpretation services in voting, partnering to provide vaccination distribution, and serves as a guidance counselor for intercultural matchmaking.
In all her efforts, Islam is persistent, driven, and motivated by the desire to see our Michigan communities thrive, grow and live our best lives together. She's a one-of-a-kind warrior putting her strongest efforts out there to help build a better world; her work has helped empower the voices of those in our community who are not often heard on main platforms as much as would be desired, and it has also reached out a helping hand to those who would be lost in the crowd. In her leadership and ability to be a team player, Islam has grown an organization who has impacted the lives of our AAPI community in SE Michigan in particular, and celebrated the interconnectedness of our AAPI community's impact in our beloved state. Look out for this Hero, because in the face of any fire that would threaten our community, she is fearless, and in the efforts to provide care and support, she knows no bounds.