175 Makers of History: Isam Vaid

Isam Vaid 93Ox 95C 99PH
Founder, Muslim Student Association

Isam Vaid

When Isam Vaid entered Oxford in 1991, he didn't find much in the way of community for the school's small (but growing) Muslim population. So the Atlanta native helped start the Oxford Muslim Student Association (MSA).

When he came to the Atlanta campus in 1993, he and four friends created Emory MSA, and Vaid now serves as an adviser to Religious Life. A psychology major as an undergraduate, Vaid continued his studies in pursuit of a better -- and healthier -- life for all. After graduating from the Rollins School of Public Health, he earned a PhD in health behavior from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2008.