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Updates for Week 9, Fall Quarter
IT'S WELLNESS WEEK AT THE MARKAZ
AFTERNOON CHAI: JOIN US FOR DESTRESSING ACTIVITIES AND CHAI FROM ZAREEN'S
Join us this Tuesday, November 16th from 4-5 PM in Old Union Courtyard for Afternoon Chai!  Week 9 can be a stressful time of the quarter. That’s why this week’s chai will have fun stress-relieving activities for you as you sip your Zareen’s chai: a giant adult coloring poster and lots of play-dough. All are welcome.
SAY HI AT CHAI: DR. ENAS DAKWAR FROM CAPS
Dr. Enas Dakwar, a CAPS therapist who works with the Markaz, will be joining us for Chai. This is a great opportunity to get to know her. And, of course, Dr. Enas will have plenty of tips on managing stress during these final weeks of the quarter!
DEMYSTIFYING THERAPY WITH MMHI
SHARE YOUR STORY TO BREAK THE STIGMA
The Muslim Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) at Stanford and the Markaz invite you to participate in our campaign to demystify therapy for our community. If you have benefited from seeking mental health support (on campus or off), please share your story! Stories will be shared anonymously via social media and a community showcase project. For more information, contact MMHI Coordinators Aneeqa Abid (aneeqa@stanford.edu) or Mahnoor Hyat (mhyat30@stanford.edu).
UPCOMING EVENTS
[TODAY AT 4 PM] Chai Chat | Counter Narratives: Fiction, Romance and Muslims

Join us on Monday, November 15th from 4-5 PM for a virtual Chai Chat with Uzma Jalaluddin, bestselling author of Ayesha at Last and Hana Khan Carries On! Jalaluddin will be discussing Muslim representation in fiction, her experiences in the publishing industry, and why communities of color need more romance novels. 

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2021ChaiChat2.
EVENTS FROM CAMPUS PARTNERS
[TALK] 11/16: Afrofuturism's Ancient Egyptian Inspirations Evident in Aesthetic RSVP
[TALK] 11/16: Deconstructing Memories of Ali in Sunni and Shi'ia Islam RSVP
[TALK] 11/17: Technologies of the New Apartheid RSVP

[WORKSHOP] 11/17: Collaborative Field Research and Feminist Ethnography RSVP
[TALK] 11/19: The Afterlife of Colonialism RSVP
[EVENT RECAP] Chai Chat: Muslims in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, 10/28
Thank you to everyone who attended our chai chat on October 28th! Our Chai Chat Coordinator, Ayesha Khawaja, organized this event where we spoke with Dr. Abubakr Abid.
Dr. Abid is an expert of machine learning and recent co-author of the study Large language models associate Muslims with violence (2021). We talked about anti-Muslim bias, Islamic values, and ethics in artificial intelligence. If you missed the event and want to rewatch the conversation, follow this link. And make sure to join us for our Chai Chat this Monday about fiction, romance, and Muslims!
MARKAZ STAFF SPOTLIGHT: HODAN
HOMETOWN: Toronto, Canada / San Jose, California
MAJOR: Biology (Neurobiology track), AAAS minor
PASSIONS AND ASPIRATIONS: I am very proud to be Somali and learning more about my people, enjoying art created by us, and thinking critically about my diaspora is one of my passions. I aspire to be a physician (gynecologist?) and be a health resource for young Muslim and Black gender marginalized folk who often don't get the care they need due to cultural limitations and systemic violence in the medical care industry. I also aspire to be happy and someone that the people I love can truly lean on.
WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?: Spending time with my family and friends brings me immense joy. Some other things that bring me joy are being home in Toronto, watching TV - sitcoms, anime, reality TV (my fav genre, currently on Love Island UK season 7) or anything - listening to music, going for drives, playing a lot of sports when I have the energy (I played a couple in high school) and equally love cooking and going out to eat good food.
FUN FACT: I am child 6 of 12.
SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Skydiving was always on my bucket list which I did for the first time this summer, although I've still been scared to tell my hoyo I did it. I'd say paragliding next!
TALK TO ME ABOUT: Anything! But mainly Love Island right now.
COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES
Attend the Cardinal Careers Fellowship Info Session. If you are a graduating senior or co-term interested in public service careers, come to this information session to learn about Stanford-exclusive, Cardinal Careers Fellowships! The fellowships provide full-time, mentored experiences in nonprofit or governmental organizations. Hear from fellowship alumni and get tips for your applications. Fellowships include the Community Impact Fellowship,  the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, the Schneider Fellowship, and the Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy. The event will occur on 11/18 at 12 p.m.  Follow this link to RSVP

Watch award-winning cinema with the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI). The Arab Film and Media Institute will be hosting the 25th Arab Film Festival opening on November 18th. The festival will be virtually through a streaming portal open until November 28. View the schedule here, and access more information at this link - be sure to join the AFMI and don't miss your chance to watch this year's best of Arab cinema!

Apply to host a workshop for Listen the Silence 2022. Listen to the Silence (LTS), Stanford University's annual Asian American issues conference, aims to empower college students and community members to take action towards promoting progressive social change. The theme this year is "Liberation Beyond Borders" - to underscore the transnational nature of the Asian struggle and its inextricable ties to anti-capitalism, Black liberation, and Indigenous sovereignty. They seek a diverse range of informative, interactive workshops. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the hard deadline on Friday, November 19th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.  Apply at this link.

Learn about and apply for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). The CLS Program is a funded summer study abroad opportunity for American university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. The deadline to apply is November 16. Learn more here.
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