Ali Elahi is a senior from Memphis, TN pursuing a major in Biology and minor in Arabic. Born in Islamabad, Pakistan, Ali moved to Memphis at the age of five, completing elementary, middle, and high school in Germantown, TN. In middle school, Ali was introduced interfaith work when Heartsong Church welcomed the Muslim community for nightly prayers during the month of Ramadan. Shortly after that experience, he joined Memphis Interfaith, an organization cultivating an interfaith community in the city of Memphis through dialogue and service.
When Ali visited WashU in 2014, he recognized that the university lacked an interfaith culture and community and entered college in 2016 hoping to establish such a community on campus. As a sophomore, he served as a founding member of the Washington University Interfaith Alliance, a student-led organization dedicated to promoting interfaith dialogue and celebrating the diversity of belief on campus. In his three years at WashU, Ali has served as a treasurer and president of the Interfaith Alliance, spending the previous two years advocating for an Office for Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life at WashU. Aside from the Interfaith Alliance, Ali is a member of the Dining Services Advisory Board, a TA for introductory chemistry, and is a John B. Ervin Scholar. He also founded and serves as co-agent for Sakeenah, a Living Learning Community centered on the Muslim American experience. In his free time, Ali loves bonding with his community through prayer, basketball, movies, and table tennis. In the future, he prays and hopes to enter medical school and become a physician committed to serving humanity as a healer and leader.