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Ramadan Family Partners with OCU on Interfaith Prayer Center

OKLAHOMA CITY – A new interfaith prayer center on the campus of Oklahoma City University will open next week. An opening celebration for the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Interfaith Prayer Center will be at 4 p.m. May 1 in the Kramer School of Nursing West, at N.W. 27th St. and Florida Ave.

The interfaith prayer center is sponsored by Dr. Tawfik and Mrs. Siham Ramadan in memory of their daughter.

OCU President Robert Henry and members of the Ramadan family will speak at the opening celebration, which is open to the public. The center was proposed by OCU student government leadership as a way to meet the needs of the university’s thriving religious community. The Student Government Association provided financial support for the project, and the university has received gifts from several members of the local community to support the overall effort.

“This is a great opportunity for us to affirm our commitment to diversity and liberal arts education,” Henry said. “We are grateful to the Ramadan family for establishing the center and providing a resource for students of all faiths that will help them learn and grow in our increasingly globalized society.”

            Dr. Raniyah Ramadan, a graduate of Ada High School, earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in public health and doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Oklahoma. She also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in ophthalmology and visual sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She worked as a research scientist specializing in neuro-opthalmology. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 34. Working in Oklahoma and later for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in New York, Ramadan worked on ocular disease models and initiated the protocol for animal models of ocular inflammatory diseases that affect about 2 million Americans.

She was an active volunteer with the Junior League of Oklahoma City and participated in the Boys and Girls Club Child Literacy Placement. The Ramadan family established The Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Foundation to honor her legacy by supporting philanthropic giving and providing educational opportunities that inspire lifelong learning and advance knowledge.

The Ramadan family established the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Memorial Scholarship at OCU in 2012.

The prayer center will include reading resources for various faith groups. Guests attending the opening celebration are invited to bring books to donate to the reading collection.

For more information, contact Leslie Berger at (405) 208-5348.