PODS (People Obligingly Discussing @ Stanford) is a new program designed to pair first-year students with a group of 4-5 peers, and an upper-class POD leader to meet monthly on Zoom. Topics of discussion will include things like picking a major, VSO’s and how to get involved, evolving family dynamics, current events, and Stanford-specific experiences. This is a great opportunity to connect regularly and on a deeper level with each other. We invite any first-year students who are interested to sign up! Meet our POD facilitators and apply athttp://bit.ly/MarkazPODS.
AFTERZOOM CHAI: Poetry Hang Out Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 PM PST
Join us this Tuesday (10/20) at 3:30 pm PST for a chill and relaxing WCC (Women’s Community Center) and Markaz crossover event! We’ll be writing some poetry together in a shared space. Everyone welcome! Zoom linkhereand always available at digitalmarkaz.org.
MARKAZ PRE-PROFESSIONAL TALKS
Startups, Tech and the Aerospace Industry Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 PM PST
Prior to attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) Jamal Madni led the technology strategy group at the Boeing. He has received many international accolades over the span of an eight-year career in aerospace and biotech. Jamal is passionate about employee engagement and STEM education. While a faculty member at CSU Long Beach, he founded the Upward Bound Math-Science College Prep Program, which aided 100 low income, first-generation, underrepresented minority students in pursuing their college dreams.
Join us on Thursday to learn from his entrepreneurial and academic journey. Short presentation followed by ample time for Q&A! Register at http://bit.ly/jamalmadni
EVENTS FROM OUR CAMPUS PARTNERS
[10/20] TALK: Faith and Doubt in Islamwith Dr. Imad BayounRSVP [10/22] TALK: Disoriental: Book Talk with Négar Djavadi RSVP [10/22] TALK: Religiosity, Coping, and Mental Health with Dr. Rania Awaad RSVP [10/23] TALK: Power and Statecraft in Saudi ArabiaRSVP [10/28] PANEL: BIPOC in Politics, Policy, & Law with Stanford AlumsRSVP [10/29] PANEL: The Muslim Vote RSVP [10/29] CONFERENCE: The Life and Work of Shahrokh Meskoob RSVP [11/10] TALK: "Thinking with Islamic Things" with Anna Bigelow RSVP
NATIONAL SURVEY ON ISLAMOPHOBIA
The Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley is conducting a survey to understand the views and experiences of Muslim Americans as related to the prevalence and impacts of Islamophobia affecting Muslim Individuals and the community at large. Muslims, including citizens and residents who live and/or work in the US are eligible to participate in the survey and the survey will run from October 14 - October 26, 2020. Take the survey here.
FALL WELL-BEING RESOURCES AT MARKAZ
CAPSConnects: Counseling Sessions with Dr. Enas Dakwar
Dr. Dakwar's hours will be on Tuesdays starting this week. There will be 30-minute slots available between 3-5PM PST. Find more informationhere.
Spiritual Support: One-on-one sessions with Dr. Rania Awaad
Attend a wellness check-in for Graduate Students of Color. As the election approaches and we continue to live in times of social unrest, CAPS will be providing a community wellness space for graduate students of color. This space will be dedicated to being in community and facilitating a space for healing. It will take place on Tuesdays from 3-4PM PST. Register here with a Stanford email to attend.
Apply to be an Office of Student Engagement (OSE) Intern.The OSE Internship provides Stanford student leaders with the opportunity to build upon their skills in advising, coaching, facilitating, and program development. OSE Interns have a platform where they can engage directly with students and staff, gain experience in building core leadership skills, and contribute to the development of programs and policies that improve the Stanford experience and affirm OSE’s values of inclusivity, equity, respect, collaboration, and balance. View the job posting here and email questions to Zayna.
Apply to be a Tutor or Language Conversation Partner.The Center for Teaching and Learning is now hiring Subject Tutorsand Language Conversation Partners starting winter quarter with starting pay at $17/hour for undergraduates and $28/hour for graduates. They are now hiring tutors in Engineering and MS&E and conversation partners in German. Check out their website and email Alex Ayers with questions.
Join REFUGE: Queerness, Spirituality, and Religion. REFUGE is an interfaith community for any LGBTQIA+ identifying person who is asking questions of what it means to be spiritual and/or religious. This community welcomes all people, from every background and walk of life, to join them in their collective exploration in a setting of love, kinship, and solidarity. Sign up here.
MARKAZ MEDIA ROUND-UP
A weekly collection of interesting and noteworthy articles, podcasts and online events you may have missed curated collectively by the Markaz staff:
Aneeqa is a junior majoring in Human Biology. She is from Little Rock, AR and is one of our Muslim Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) Coordinators.
"To me, the Markaz is a home, a family, a support system that provides the necessary nourishment for me to thrive academically, intellectually, and spiritually. The Markaz houses so many positive memories, from peacefully taking a study break to make chai to attending MSU TGIJs (“Thank God It’s Jummah”) socials where we’d stay talking, snacking, joking up till 1 am."
"I miss the Markaz so much. I can’t tell you how many meaningful relationships I’ve made in that space. That was the unique and beautiful thing about the Markaz--it was just a natural space for community building and I love that about the Markaz. Spending more time in nature has been my favorite part of quarantine. I’ve really been able to appreciate how beautiful my earth is and just spend time in peaceful meditation."