Editorial Team

saadia chicago monitorSaadia Pervaiz, Editor-in-Chief

Saadia Pervaiz is Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Monitor and has been a contributor for the past year. Bill is also a full-time activist who works to bring awareness to gender rights disparities within the Muslim and South Asian communities through art and history. Saadia holds a BA in South Asian History and Biology from Case Western Reserve University as well as a Masters of Social Science in South Asian History from the University of Chicago. She is a prolific illustrator and has worked for various outlets as a graphic designer, most recently being Cavs Nation. She is currently working on writing and publishing a series of art books that hold various pieces from her portfolio.

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Asha Binbek, Associate Editor

Asha Binbek is the Chicago Monitor’s Associate Editor. As a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Asha earned two Bachelor’s degrees in English and Communication. Concurrently, she served as the Undergraduate Student Government Interpersonal Relations director and as the first Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement Fellow, overseeing the UIC’s efforts around the 2016 election, Asha helped the campus earn one of the inaugural Voter Friendly Campus Designations along with being recognized as the Most Engaged Campus by the All in Democracy Challenge. Additionally, through her advocacy efforts on campus, she was able to see the creation of the first Arab American Cultural Center at a university, serving on its advisory board until graduation. She was also one of several student leaders that organized the Stop Trump Rally in March of 2016 which had over 15,000 people in attendance. Asha will begin her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Chicago in October.

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Ahmed Rehab, Managing Editor

Ahmed Rehab is the founder/publisher of the Chicago Monitor. Ahmed is an American Muslim activist and writer with a focus on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations, and Islam-West relations. Rehab is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and CNN.com, his Op-Eds have been published in numerous newspapers around the country, and he has been interviewed numerous times by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain’s Business Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Germany’s Die Zeit, and many more. Rehab is also a frequent guest on TV and cable news networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, as well as on radio stations. His commentaries can be heard on Chicago Public Radio. Rehab is active on the national speaking circuit, he has spoken at organizations and University campuses in Chicago and around the United States, as well as in Europe, Australia, Egypt, and Kenya.

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Gerald Hankerson, Editor

Gerald Hankerson is an editor for the Chicago Monitor.  He serves as a member of the African American Leadership Advisory Council at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which aims to maintain and increase recruitment and retention efforts for students of African and African American descent.  He also served three terms on the Board of Directors for Arise Chicago, an interfaith labor rights group. Gerald attended Lindblom Technical High School, graduating an Illinois State Scholar with high honors.  A President’s Scholar and Pipeline to Justice Fellow in the Social Justice Initiative at UIC, he graduated with a B.A. in Communications. Gerald served two terms in the Muslim Students’ Association as its Program Coordinator, was an UIC Ambassador through the African American Action Network, a member of the Black Student Union, and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. An alumnus of the Chicago Debate League, Gerald contributed to the urban debate movement for 15 years, including serving as Head Coach and Coordinator of policy debate programs in Chicago Public Schools for six seasons. Given his years of service and activism, the Chicago Debate Commission and the Chicago Debate League honored Gerald as its 2015 Alum of the Year.  North Park University (Chicago) recognized Gerald as a “Man of Excellence” in 2012.  His personal journey as a new Muslim during high school and college is featured in the book I Believe In…Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Young People Speak About Their Faith (compiled by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins, © 2004), as well as the international public education campaign, MyJihad. Gerald has been committed to sharing his experiences and perspectives on multiculturalism, youth development, volunteerism, writing, research, policy debate and social critiques to bridging gaps between diverse communities.