Wilkes University

September

Webinar—Supporting Muslim Students On Campus, Sept 23, 2pm, Marts 214

Come join the staff from the Center for Global Education and Diversity in viewing a webinar—Supporting Muslim Students On Campus: Dispel Myths, Address Islamophobia & Break Barriers - September 23, 2015 2-3:30pm, Location: Marts 214

 

Details of the webinar follow.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please write Georgia.costalas@wilkes.edu
Product Summary
The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people around the country. Underscored by the horrific murders of three University of North Carolina students earlier this year, there is a great need for educators to learn and understand the current and evolving realities and needs for Muslim students on campuses. 

Beyond support for religious practices, Muslims (and those perceived as Muslims) continue to be subject to widespread racial profiling, hate crimes, surveillance and bullying. Understanding the social, cultural and political contexts – and how they intersect for those living, learning and working on college campuses – is essential in understanding how you can best support this unique population.

During this webinar, our expert presenter will educate and engage you on the current realities related to Islam and Islamophobia, while considering the implications for how you can address these issues on your campus.

Panelists:
Amer F. Ahmed serves as Dean of the Sophomore Class and Intercultural Center Director at Swarthmore College (PA), Faculty at the Summer and Winter Institutes for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. (Click here for full bio) <http://www.paper-clip.com/Main/Panelist-Bio-Amer-F-Ahmed.aspx>

Topics Covered:
As a result of this webinar, you will take away:
Foundational concepts about the religion of Islam, so you can develop stronger relationships and support mechanisms from a shared understanding.
Common myths and misunderstandings about Islam in the United States, and how the intersection of religion and culture creates different contextual situations in higher education environments.
A historical context on Islam and Islamophobia, and what you should be doing about fear and lack of understanding on your campus to improve campus climate for all.
Why Islamophobia is considered an issue of racism and religious discrimination, and why it warrants your attention - profiling and hate crimes experienced by targets of Islamophobia are very real.
A suggested framework for a rapid response, that can be adapted to your unique campus environment, should an incident happen globally or nationally that could put Muslim students in danger of being targeted on your campus.




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