MSA Midwest Conference


A Discussion of the 21st Century Muslim Identity

Asalamualaikum wa rahmatallah wa barakatu!

The University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association is excited to host this year's MSA Midwest Conference. We welcome you to Lexington and hope that you will come to love this beautiful city as much as we do. We have been working hard to make this conference a very special one. We have gathered some of the best speakers in the nation and chosen a topic very relevant to us. Goals that we want to achieve by the end of the conference include gaining valuable insights, creating greater cohesiveness among all MSA's, and ensuring that everyone has a great time!



Martin Luther King Weekend 2018
January 12th-15th


Lexington Convention Center
Lexington, KY


In a time where numerous ideologies, agendas, and movements compete for the spotlight how should Muslim Americans respond and proceed? How can we remain firm in all aspects of our faith while also maintaining a presence in the American sphere? The goal of this conference is to investigate the identity crisis that many Muslims are facing today, and to develop an understanding of how to shape the Muslim American identity. Moreover, this conference will provide Muslim Americans with the information needed to defend our faith, and will provide valuable insight on how to interact with individuals of all faiths and beliefs.


The aim of this conference is to investigate the identity crisis that many Muslims face today. When their identity at home is not the same as the identity they have at school or work, how can we learn to reconcile identities without sacrificing one or the other?



The conference will include early morning programs designed for MSA leaders to come together and share knowledge and resources. Peer-led sessions will allow each MSA leadership to discuss what aspects of their organization are thriving, and what aspects have room for improvement. These workshops will cover learning from the strengths of other MSAs, creating inclusive Muslim communities, negotiating our national and religious identities, and creating an activist network among the nation's MSAs.


Learn from the best of the best. Our speakers are knowledgable in a wide variety of topics and have unique skills. They will comprehensively cover our topic and prepare usable strategies to carry out the message of the conference

Group Building

Let’s take advantage of the gathering of MSAs from across the nation. We plan on having many networking opportunities that will allow us to get to know each other better. Whether it’s grabbing meals together, late night activities, or engaging in group activities —get ready to have some fun!

Additional Information

  • We kindly ask that children under the age of 10 are not brought to the conference
  • Registration includes access to all speaking sessions for all four days, badge, and program booklet.
  • MSA Midwest Conference themed merchandise will be made available on the Square Store
  • Breakfast and Lunch is not included but snacks will be provided throughout the day
  • If you have any questions please direct them towards


    General Admission $35 / Students $25

    The instructions for registration are as follows

    1) Complete the following Google Form
    Registration Form

    2) Purchase your registration here
    Registration Payment


    If you require assistance for accommodations please reach out to Nadia Almasalkhi at All emails will be kept confidential and seen only by the Conference Chair and the Accommodations Chair.


    Bluegrass Airport (LEX)

    Lexington KY

  • 15 minute drive to Downtown Lexington
  • Usually more expensive
  • Louisville Airport (SDF)

    Louisville, KY

    1 hour 10 minute drive to Downtown Lexington

    Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG)

    Hebron, KY

  • 1 hour 10 minute drive to Downtown Lexington
  • Greyhound

    Lexington, KY

    10 minute drive to Downtown Lexington

  • Megabus
  • Megabus Cincinatti

    Cincinatti, OH

  • 1 hour 10 minute drive to Downtown Lexington
  • Megabus
  • Megabus Louisville

    Louisville, KY

    1 hour 10 minute drive to Downtown Lexington

  • Greyhound
  • Hotels

    To obtain the special rate at one of our partner hotels, call the hotel and request for the special rate for the University of Kentucky Muslim Students Association.

    Hyatt Regency

    401 W High St, Lexington, KY 40507
    (859) 253-1234

  • Double queen (sleeps 4)
  • Connected to Lexington Convention Center
  • $169/night
  • Springhill Suites

    863 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504
    (859) 225-1500

  • Double queen with sofa sleeper (sleeps 6)
  • $124/night
  • Link to Book
  • Holiday Inn Lexington Northeast

    1780 Sharkey Way, Lexington, KY 40511
    (859) 231-0656

  • Double queen (sleeps 4)
  • King (sleeps 2)
  • $105/night
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites: Downtown/UK

    1000 Export Street, Lexington, KY 40504
    (859) 389-6800

  • 2 Queen Beds ($164.95/night)
  • 1 King Bed ($174.95/night)
  • Home 2 Suites

    126 E. Lowry Ln, Lexington, KY 40503
    (859) 313-5200

  • 10 rooms
  • Queen Studio Stuites
  • $104/night
  • Hilton Downtown

    369 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507
    (859) 281-3737

  • 10 rooms
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • $143/night
  • Lexington Convention Center and Surrounding Area

    Inside Convention Center

  • Arby’s
  • Cosi
  • Subway
  • Sunset Strips
  • Yesterdays’ Bar and Grille
  • Outside Convention Center

  • Pies & Pints
  • Starbucks
  • The Roastery
  • Clawdaddy's
  • West Coast Gourmet
  • Lexington Restaurants Downtown

    About Lexington

    Oh, The Places You Will Go!

    Fun Things To Do

  • Bowling-Collins Bowling Centers Inc
  • Rollerblading-Champs Entertainment Complex
  • Ice Skating-Triangle Park or Lexington Ice & Rec Center
  • Summit at Fritz Farm
  • Thoroughbred Park
  • Waveland State Historic Site
  • Aviation Museum
  • Coffee and Breakfast

  • Coffea
  • Wild Eggs
  • Josie's
  • First Watch
  • Cracker Barrel
  • North Lime Coffee & Donuts
  • Great Bagel
  • Chocolate Holler
  • Shakespeare and Co
  • Dinner

  • Lockbox
  • Gumbo Ya Ya
  • The Local Taco
  • Malone's
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Bella Notte
  • Saul Good
  • Pho BC
  • Planet Thai
  • Taste of India
  • Pies & Pints
  • Dessert

  • Saul Good
  • Crank and Book
  • Greater's
  • Steel City Pop
  • The Sweet Spot
  • Sorella Gelateria
  • About Muslim Student Association at the University of Kentucky

    To find out more about our MSA
    About UK MSA