Sarwat Husain, MS '94
2010 Alumna of Distinction for Service in Mission
Ms. Sarwat Husain is the Vice Chair of the National Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations based in Washington, DC and she is nationally respected. Ms. Husain has been profiled in The Face Behind the Veil: The Extraordinary Lives of Muslim Women in America and in articles published in the San Antonio Current, ColorLines, PressTime, and the San Antonio Express News. She is the founding president of the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a leader in our city in inter-faith relations.
In 1994, Ms. Husain received a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word. Growing up in Pakistan, she attended Catholic schools and illustrates mutual respect between Catholicism and Islam from an early age. In Eau Claire, Wisconsin she owned and operated alternate care facilities for the elderly and in San Antonio a child development center, and has worked as a nutritional consultant to hospitals and nursing homes.
Ms. Husain also serves on the San Antonio Interreligious Council and the Texas Media Empowerment Project. She is a founder of the San Antonio Muslim Council and a member of the San Antonio Council for International Visitors. She formerly served on the FBI Regional Advisory Council and was selected to serve on the board of the San Antonio Mayors Commission under Mayor Garza.
Ms. Husain founded Al-Ittihaad Monthly, which was the largest American Muslim newspaper in Texas. She is a frequent guest columnist for the San Antonio Express News. Ms. Husain works to encourage political engagement in Texas, conducting regular voter registration drives and trainings on how to become delegates, precinct chairs and judges. She is a member of the Texas Muslim Political Taskforce and a founding member of American Muslim Democratic Caucus.
Ms. Husain helped found the American Muslim Youth Association and the Muslim Boys Scouts of America, Pack 786, and acts as an advisor to both. She is extensively involved in interfaith dialogue and regularly offers diversity trainings on Muslim beliefs and practices at businesses, universities, churches and law enforcement agencies. She also continues to serve local refugees, homeless and battered women.
She is on the Board of Directors of the SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church which has educational programs for adults. Ms. Husain is married to Dr. Zakir Husain who is now a retired professor and they have two adult children. Congratulations to Ms. Sarwat Husain for being honored as UIW's 2010 Alumna of Distinction for Service in Mission!