Our Founding Mothers

Our Founding Mothers are women who started chapters all across the country — and took the biggest risk to initiate a home for their fellow sisters. They have showed exceptional commitment and dedication to Mu Delta Alpha and are tasked with preserving the direction of our sisterhood. 


Samira Maddox

Samira Maddox is the Founding Mother and the founder of the Alpha Chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas. She acquired a Bachelors in Speech Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is deeply passionate in building sisterhood and community. She is equally passionate in her love for her family and the Boston Celtics. 

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Maria Haseem

Maria Haseem is a Founding Mother of Mu Delta Alpha and the Founder of the Beta Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. She has earned a Bachelors of Arts in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures along with a Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies. She enjoys engaging with people through her studies in Arabic as a translator at the Hope Refugee Clinic in Austin. She hopes to earn an M.D. and looks forward to including surgery in her future career.

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Saniya Ahmed

Saniya Ahmed is a Founding Mother of Mu Delta Alpha and the Founder of the Delta Chapter at Wichita State University.  She is in the process of earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Public Health Sciences on a pre-medical track, with minors in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish at Wichita State University. She loves spending time with her family and serving her community as an activist for various social issues. She hopes to become a pediatrician and aide the most vulnerable and underserved populations throughout her career.

Fatima Ahmad


Fatima Ahmad is a Founding Mother of the Alpha chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas and co-author of the MDA Constitution. She served as a founding secretary and later as vice president of the alpha chapter before graduating, and helped organize multiple banquets and fundraisers to jumpstart the sorority. She acquired a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Studies and is currently a medical student aspiring to become a pediatrician. When Fatima is not studying, she enjoys doing community outreach projects, mentoring others, painting, and baking cupcakes.

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palwasha Rahmani

My name is Palwasha Rahmani and I am a founding member of Mu Delta Alpha. I completed my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Texas at Dallas. I went on to complete my Juris Doctor in 2020 and plan to practice law in the great state of Texas. Mu Delta Alpha began in response to the need for change in the perception of Muslim women and to create a group that allowed Muslim women to grow both professionally and spiritually. Mu Delta Alpha has taught me that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. I am grateful to be a part of such a great group and look forward to seeing what our members continue to accomplish.

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