Samia Omar is an Egyptian American who completed her bachelor's degree in social work and has pursued a master's degree at SMU in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Islamic Studies. She holds an advanced certificate in Islamic Studies as well as a general ijaaza in Islamic sciences. She worked in New York City from 2001 - 2005 as an Islamic Studies school teacher in an Islamic school. She also worked as a residential manager for many years overseeing service to adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. She relocated to Dallas, Texas to help her husband establish the Arabic language and Islamic studies program at TAQWA Seminary. She later became co-founder of the Islamic Seminary of America and managed the Islamic studies and Arabic language programs there, with over 200 students in attendance.
After losing her oldest daughter to cancer, she devoted herself to assisting her husband as a volunteer to serve the Muslim community, especially youth in their journey to overcome life’s challenges. In this regard she developed two youth programs in Dallas, Texas. She is now a lead organizer and developer of the Hadara Program, a study abroad program for Arabic language and Islamic civilization. Ustadha Samia has also served for several years as a group leader for Umrah for numerous different Umrah groups and was delighted to accompany Harvard Muslim students and to serve as an official group leader for the Harvard Umrah trip as part of the programs of the Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University. She now serves as the first Muslim woman chaplain at Harvard University, as part of the Harvard Chaplains, devoted to supporting religious, spiritual and ethical life on campus.