Hazel Gómez graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science. Currently, she is studying the Islamic sciences with Rabata.org’s Ribaat Academic Program under the tutelage of Shaykha Tamara Gray and other women scholars specializing in various Islamic sciences. Hazel is currently a research assistant on the Muslims for American Progress study at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. She also dedicates her time as a volunteer and advisor to various nonprofits such as Dream of Detroit, a community development project; Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA); Muslim Enrichment Project, a convert care program in southeast Michigan; MPower Change, a grassroots a digital organizing platform for American Muslims; ISNA’s Masjid Development Initiative, and Michigan Faith in Action, a PICO chapter in Detroit. Previously, Hazel spent time as a community organizer with the InnerCity Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago focusing on the intersection of immigration and criminal justice reform. She also worked as the lead research assistant at the Alternative Education Research Institute focusing on the analysis of the criminal justice systems, reentry programs, and conversion to Islam of certain Latin American countries. She is an avid reader of all things Muslims in America, and is interested in the research and creation of an authentic Latino Muslim experience. Hazel intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Islamic Chaplaincy. She is married to Mark Crain, and is the mother of two sons, Musa and Haroon.