Engagement, Knowledge, Sincerity
To be the model University-based spiritual & education center in the USA.
To create an inclusive community and to engage in sincere reflections that result in religious, intellectual, and social growth through educational programs and spiritual guidance based on Islamic principles.
Amir Duric joined the Muslim Student Life at Syracuse University as a full time chaplain on August 1, 2017. In this chaplaincy role, Duric oversees the Muslim Chaplaincy at Syracuse University and educational programs supporting Muslim students, faculty, and staff. The goal of the chaplaincy is to create an inclusive community and to engage in sincere reflections that result in religious, intellectual, and social growth through educational programs and spiritual guidance based on Islamic principles.
Duric previously served as the Imam, Khatib and Mu’allim at the Association of Bosniaks of Delaware Valley-Philadelphia for six years. In this position, he supported community and youth religious, cultural, and spiritual programs. Some of these programs include the Annual Youth Convention and Annual Family and Spiritual Retreat, which serves more than 800 individuals. In addition, Duric volunteered as a chaplain with New Jersey Department of Corrections offering spiritual guidance and assistance. Currently, Duric serves as the Secretary of Majlis III, which consists of 20 Bosniak communities throughout the Northeast and Canada, and he serves as a board member of “Sadaka”, a charity organization, which he cofounded in 2010 in Bosnia.
Originally from Bosnia, Duric holds a Bachelors in Islamic Studies from the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo. In 2016, Duric completed a Graduate Certificate in Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Program at Hartford Seminary. In June 2017, Duric completed Clinical Pastoral Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Duric is currently enrolled in the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary, which consists of a Masters in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy and Christian/Muslim Relations. Duric is expected to complete this program by May 2018.
Our Strategic Plan
Muslim Student Life (MSL) at Syracuse University has two components both with its own responsibilities. The Muslim Student Life Board is responsible for looking out for the students' best interest and supporting the chaplaincy. The Muslim Chaplain is responsible for the day to day affairs of the office. The specific responsibilites for each one are:
Muslim Student Life Board
Raise funds for supporting the Muslim Chaplaincy including funding for:
1. Chaplain salary and benefits
2. Muslim Chaplaincy Programming
3. Muslim Chaplain Travel and Outreach
4. Appoint Muslim Chaplain, work out performance goals in consultation with the
Muslim Chaplain and periodically evaluate performance, provide feedback and
adjust compensation, as appropriate
1. Advise and support Muslim Student Associations on campus
2. Facilitate Muslim students nurture their identity in a caring and hospitable environment
3. Organize religious and educational programs, provide counseling and pastoral care to Muslims on campus
4. Represent the Islamic perspective and provide advocacy for Muslims at Syracuse University and in regional institutions, as needed
5. Lead interfaith activities on campus and in regional institutions, as needed