40th Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: Atif Javed

Atif Javed ’15

Founder, director, and alumni chair of MSA Mentorship, a non-profit that connects Muslim high-school students with academic mentors and alums.

40th Annual MLK Leadership Award

Atif Javed '15 is a materials science and engineering major, minoring in economics. received the undergraduate MLK Leadership for his dedication to student mentorship and teaching.

Javed is founder, director, and alumni chair of MSA Mentorship, a non-profit that connects Muslim high-school students with academic mentors and alums.

Born out of the MIT Muslim Students' Association in 2012, MSA Mentorship is a national organization designed for students seeking a deeper understanding of the intersections of education, college life, admissions, and Islam. Its vision is to connect every Muslim student with an older student mentor to help them succeed both academically and spiritually in ways their parents and imams struggle to provide. The movement provides a platform for students to teach both in the classroom and online. Javed helped develop MSA Mentorship curriculum and website for skill-building and personal development. He ran career-advice workshops, mentored 25 students, and built three university chapters.

In 2015, Javed participated in an international Global Teaching Lab through MIT International Science & Technologies Initiative (MISTI). As a teaching fellow, he built math and debate curricula for students in Mantova, Italy with online learning platforms such as EdX, MITx, and Khan Academy

He contributes to arts and culture as Boston Lead and Digital Producer for the Muslim Writers Collective. Javed hosts open-mic nights and workshops for amateur writers and seasoned professionals to come together and share their religious and social experiences.

Additional honors at MIT include: 2011 Virginia Science Olympiad- State Champions; 2011 Model United Nations Best Delegation Award; 2nd Place in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering- Intel International Science & Engineering Fair; and the 2010 Scholar Athlete Award for Varsity Track.

Javed's aspiration to leave "a legacy of success by paving the way for other ambitious students through mentorship" exemplifies the values of Dr. King.