Rabia A. Aziz holds a Bachelors of Science in History and Political Science and a minor in Education from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio. A recipient of an Ohio State University Graduate Scholarship she received her Masters of Arts degree in American History with a concentration in Slavery and the New South. It is during these formative years that sharpen her keen sense for social action. While she matriculated at Ohio State University as a graduate student she chaired Ohio State University Curriculum Committee to form and negotiate a Department of Black Studies granting a Bachelors of Science degree and laid the foundation for the Masters of Arts degree.
In 1971, she joined the Institute of Pan African Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as an instructor of African and American History. During her tenure at Temple University she was a member of the committee to develop and negotiate the Africana Studies Department. Rabia Aziz continued to work in academia and joined as an instructor Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the lead instructor at Case Western Reserve University to participate in the City of Cleveland Desegregation Program.
In 1976, she received a United States Department of State Bicentennial Fulbright Scholarship as a member of the American Forum for International Education. Rabia Aziz and twenty-six other educators traveled throughout West Africa as ambassadors of good will and developed curricula “ Roots of African American Culture “.
Ms. Aziz has used her extensive knowledge of African American history and culture to analyze and develop programs that directly impact the quality of life for our communities. She has incorporated cultural models within the City of Cleveland Drug Abuse Program, Town of Babylon Teen Health Infant Services, and the “Spark Plug “Initiative funded by New York State Department of Social Services.
Rabia Aziz has worked with the Urban League of Long Island as the Educational Director for Nassau/Suffolk Counties and the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk Chief Operation Officer.
She is a former Co-chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Counties HIV/AIDS Service Plan Development Committee. Ms. Aziz has served on the executive boards of the Health and Welfare Council, Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, and the Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition.
She currently, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition.
Rabia Aziz has received numerous awards for her work in HIV/AIDS services to include: National Negro Business and Professional Women – Suffolk Chapter-Community Service, First Baptist Church of Riverhead Martin Luther King Community Service Award, and NAACP- Town of Brookhaven Community Action Award, New York AIDS Coalition –Community Mobilization Award. New York State Executive Chamber Certificate of Recognition, Islip Town Branch NAACP Black History Certificate of Appreciation, Suffolk County, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Proclamation, Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory