The Steve Jeffers
Interfaith Service Award
Shakil Haider, a prominent member of the Muslim community, has been involved in local and national levels of interfaith and community involvement, with accomplishments that cross many disciplines and participation in interfaith and multicultural activities and events. He has been active in the interfaith movement for many years and is a long-time supporter of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. He is a founding member of “GKC People of Faiths of Peace” and “Festival of Faiths,” fostering awareness and interaction between people of diverse faith.
He is a known spokesman for the Muslim community, serving as Chair of the Midland Islamic Council and former Chair of the Islamic Center of Kansas in Olathe, KS, and is a board member of Shawnee Mission Islamic Education Center. He has also been active in the broader civic areas of civilian relationships, public-law enforcement relations and corrections, working across religious and cultural lines to address issues of poverty, hunger, and misunderstanding.
As Vice President of the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, he empowers homeless families challenged with poverty by engaging people of faith. As a mentor in the Life Connection Program of the Department of Justice he works with inmates to promote their transition to productive lives. He is Collaborative Partner of the White House Office for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships under FEMA and Missouri’s SEMA program, actively working with the locally settled refugees in solving their issues.
In 2006 he was selected as a member of an interdenominational
group that met with Turkish officials to tour that country and broaden
international faith and community relations. For over four decades, he
has worked for human rights at the local and national levels of the Congress
of National Black Churches, has served in various civic positions at the
local and state level, and in numerous capacities, including the Executive
Board of the Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation and as President of
the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Operation PUSH, an organization dedicated
to the promotion of religious and social development and human rights.
Chairman, Human Relation Commission in City of
(Shelter in Olathe, KS). Empowering homeless families by engaging people of faith in Johnson County (2,600 and growing).
Mentor, United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth,
KS in the Life Connection Program
Festival of Faith (Steering Committee member)
Collaborative Partner (MIC) of White House’s
Office for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships (under FEMA) and
Governor of Missouri’s SEMA Program.
Chairman, Midland Islamic Council.
Former Chairman of the Islamic Center of Kansas,