Featuring Sr. Nicole Correri, MED
Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 PM
Title: Unity, Strength, and Faith in Challenging Times
Saturday, Dec. 3 From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Program: Women’s Community Building Workshop ( Sisters Only)
About the Speaker:
Sr. Nicole Correri, the preeminent female Shia speaker in North America, considers herself a student of Islam and a devotee of the Ahl al-Bayt (as). Before graduating with Honors in M. Ed. in Counseling from George Mason University, she received her B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Early Childhood Education from George Washington University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is a member of numerous academic honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa. Not one to rest easy on her accomplishments, Sr. Nicole completed a year and half of doctoral course work in Clinical Psychology again at GWU. Since her conversion to Islam in 1994, Sr. Nicole has been an ardent student of Islam as well as a public speaker and community activist, imparting her knowledge and insights through an impressive body of work consisting of community organizing, lectures, seminars, justice work and broadcast shows. She is invited to talk in mosques, Islamic camps, and Islamic conferences, benefitting audiences in North America and around the world. She has also been a prominent speaker at the UMAA (Universal Muslim Association of America) from 2009-2015 and the CampUK program since 2013.
Through her deeply researched work and inspiring lectures, Sr. Nicole attempts to bring a deeper understanding of Islam to her audience, with a particular emphasis on practical and meaningful connection to one’s spiritual life. She has also taken the opportunity to introduce Islam to students in private school, university, and community college, as well as members of local businesses and churches. She is also a trained teacher in the Waldorf Education system, having homeschooled her two daughters utilizing Waldorf system of education for the majority of their school years. Her older daughter, also homeschooled prior to high-school, attended the Waldorf High School on its first ever scholarship award for two years and entered college two years early. Sr.Nicole also does consulting work in the field of Waldorf Education through her business entity, Ensaniyaat – Achieving Potential LLC.
Her insatiable quest for knowledge has made her a lifelong student of Islam. In March 2012, she began Howza classes online with the Al-Qaem Institute and in June 2012 completed the first level Arabic Intensive with Fawakih Institute, continuing with second level Tajwid and Arabic courses in 2013. She edited Dr. Sayed Ammar Nakshawani’s book, The Ten Granted Paradise, released by UMAA in May, 2014. She has also written and hosted a four part series on the women of the Ahl al-Bayt, The Ladies of Light, with Imam Hussein TV, and continues her endeavors to enlighten people about Shia Islam using various social and media platforms. She continues to study Arabic with the Fawakih Institute since 2012 and as of Fall 2015, she has become a Master’s student of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary with plans to pursue a Ph.D.