Rafia Khader

Program Manager, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving; Research Assistant and Managing Editor, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Rafia Khader
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN


  • Master of Arts, Religious Studies, The University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Benedictine University


Rafia Khader is a Program Manager at the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She also serves as a Research Assistant & Managing Editor for the newly-launched Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, a joint initiative of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Dean’s Office.

Rafia comes to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy with extensive experience working as an administrator for various Islamic nonprofits based in Chicago. Passionate about interfaith dialogue and the role faith plays in our lives, Rafia started an interfaith discussion group on the intersection of religion and women’s bodies—My Body & Soul—as a graduate student intern at the Spiritual Life Office at The University of Chicago, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Muslim-Jewish Women’s Alliance of Indiana, a joint project of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.

News Articles

Research Interests

  • Interfaith Relations/Dialogue
  • Islamic Studies
  • Islam in America
  • Theological Ethics

Current Projects

Honors & Awards

  • Bridge Builder Award, The University of Chicago, 2015
  • College of Business Award, Benedictine University, 2009
  • Dr. Margarete Roth Award for Outstanding Senior in Economics, Benedictine University, 2009
  • Mock Trial Leadership Award, Benedictine University, 2009


  • "Solidarity and Feminism in the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement" panel at the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) statewide conference, April 10, 2017

Other Activities

  • Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Volunteer