At Zaytuna College, in Berkeley California, Yasin is an administrator that believes deeply in exploring the true meaning of education. He also provides a pathway toward seeing the spiritual value of service while also earning a degree. He is the Director of student life at Zaytuna and his efforts towards service learning engagements were born out of a fight against stagnation.
“I think that complacency is a dangerous thing I feel like. And the more that I think about that and kind of where that brings me, I think about my personal life, just dealing with my body as we’re getting older now… I think that it challenges us because we know the reality of it. We know the impact of it. But yet we don’t engage it in the way we should” Yasin said when asked about the need for more institutions to become service based.
Yasin has personally committed himself to exposing Zaytuna students to initiatives that give back to vulnerable communities. It’s placed them face-to-face with the reality of migrant workers’ suffering, and even alongside disaster recovery teams led by IRUSA in the south. Every student has to complete a minimum of 50 hours supervised service.
What Yasin is most concerned about is connecting the spiritual dimension to everything they do. He says, “One of the things we talk about in our classes in regards to spirituality vis-a-vis our tradition and what we’re giving to the community. Are we producers of goodness? Or are we just seen as consumers to take from community?”