Guest Speakers

Dr. Sarah Sayeed

Dr. Sarah Sayeed most recently served as Director of Community Partnerships for the Interfaith Center of New York, working to foster interfaith dialogue, civic engagement and community outreach across the five boroughs. Prior to her work at the Interfaith Center, she taught communications and cultural competency in health care at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Sayeed’s research on communications, addiction and treatment within the adolescent and Muslim communities has appeared in numerous books and journals. In 2014, she was recognized by the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, Council Member Jumaane Williams, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for her service to the city’s immigrant communities and her support of the Police Department.

In addition to her professional work with faith communities, Sayeed also serves as a Board Member for Women in Islam, Inc. and is a member of CUNY Dispute Resolution Center’s Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Islamic Society of North America Mosque Development Committee. Sayeed received a B.A. from Princeton University, where she studied sociology and Near East Studies. She is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication, where she completed both her master’s and Ph.D. 

Preacher Moss

 His “End of Racism” Comedy and Lecture tour was voted “Best Diversity Act” on college campuses, and is recognized as an industry standard for being a tough, honest, and brilliantly funny voice on the conversation of race, diversity, and understanding in the world.

His unique lecture style has been described as “smooth, intelligent, and thought provoking”, as his “seriously funny” message simultaneously occupies two spaces of laughter and intellectual engagement at the same time. Making you laugh and think, Moss is master thinker, craftsman, and storyteller. His comedy is a reminder of the old school art of “comedy as protest, and enlightenment.”

Engagement is undeniable. Known as the founder of “Allah Made Me Funny”- The Official Muslim Comedy Tour, Preacher Moss is recognized as the “poor righteous teacher” from his days as a veteran performer coming up in the comedy industry, and college lecture circuit.

As writer for Hollywood heavyweights like Damon Wayans, George Lopez, and Darrell Hammond on Saturday Night Live, Preacher Moss had proven his value across many levels of stand-up, activism, and community empowerment.

His experiences as a comedian, writer, lecturer, Muslim, African-American, and poor righteous teacher are the sum of all his parts. Ultimately he is the storyteller on the corner that shares the good news, and sometimes the bad, but always with sincerity. He is a comedian of the times. So park yourself on the corner of laugh and think. Share a little time with the comedic stylings of your brother, The Mighty Preacher Moss.