Goodbye and Hello


Agnieszka was the Senior Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago since December 2013. Agnieszka is pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and will begin working at a preschool this fall. She hopes to have some role in educating the future leaders and social justice activists of Chicago. She will be missed here at CAIR. We are proud of where she is heading and can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

Josh Tikka is the new Senior Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago. Josh graduated from DePaul University in 2012, receiving a bachelor’s in Communications and two minors in Arabic and Mandarin. He has previously authored two children’s books, consulted on behalf of various non profits and NGOs, administrated a homeless outreach initiative, as well as taught abroad in Palestine for a semester in 2013. Josh has spoken extensively on issues of housing in Chicago and Palestine and has stayed active in activist communities domestically and abroad since 2008. In his free time, Josh enjoys writing, designing clothes, riding bicycles, and eating everything in sight. Josh can be reached at

Fatima Ahmed is the Youth Development Fellow at CAIR-Chicago. Majoring in Political Science with a minor in Arabic Studies, she expects to attain her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in 2015. While spending most of her time as a teen avidly involved in IHSA speech competitions as a competitor, she now works as an IHSA Speech Judge during the high school season. She also works at IQRA-foundation as a researcher and book editor, striving to help educate the Muslim youth. Previously heavily involved in mentoring and leadership programs, she hopes to use her past experiences to help educate and assist the Muslim youth to strive and live up to their full potential, so that they too can one day give back to their community. While politics and current events are her passion, in her spare time, she likes to read and travel, work on various culinary projects and stay up to date with her favorite sports teams.