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Join us to learn about the Institute for Muslim Mental Health!

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Join us for a special evening to learn about the work of the Institute for Muslim Mental Health!

We're excited to have Dr. Ameena Matthews as our keynote speaker for the evening.

Dr. Ameena Matthews, a mother and wife, has dedicated her life and career as a community activist for peace building and social change. Raised by her single grandmother in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, Dr. Matthews observed the dereliction caused by the epidemic of violence inflicted on the community.

The New York Times magazine awarded her with the top five performances in 2011 despite ‘The Interrupters’ being a documentary. That same year, she received the TedX Midwest Heroes Award presented by Illinois-Governor Quinn, the 2011 Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz Humanitarian Award, and was honored as the 2011 Chicagoan of the Year in addition to innumerable other awards and recognitions. Dr. Ameena Mathews has appeared on the local affiliates of every major television network, as well as CNN, BBC, Frontline, AlJazeera, The Huffington Post and HLN. She also has been interviewed by various National Public Radio personalities, covered in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Redeye, Jet Magazine, The New York Times, and featured in the 2013 Essence Magazine Chicago Hope article. Dr. Ameena Matthews has also been a guest on The Colbert Report and The Jeff Probst Show. On October 16, 2013 Dr. Matthews received the 2013 Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal (Freedom from Fear). Past recipients of this prestigious medal include Presidents Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, Senator Ted Kennedy, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Studs Terkel, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Elie Wiesel, as well as international honorees Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Asma Jahangir, and Carlos Fuentes.

Today, Dr. Matthews is still in the trenches of Chicago’s neighborhoods working to strengthen the community so that the youth have the capacity to exercise formal social control and respond to issues in non-violent. With her faith and praise in Allah, Dr. Matthews’ goal is to maintain community engagement by establishing direct encounter techniques, such as, risk reduction and behavior modifications, to temper violent behavior. She credits her supportive and loving family, as well as her early life experiences, for inspiring her desire to educate and affect behavior modification, not only in Chicago but nationally and internationally.

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