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Updates for Week 3, Winter Quarter
MUSLIM BAN REPEALED: A TIME FOR CELEBRATION AND REFLECTION
President Biden's repeal of the Muslim and African Ban is an important first step toward undoing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies put in place by the previous administration. We hope that this can be a week of celebration and reflection for our community, as well as inspiration for the future movement building. Please find a list of relevant resources below:
  • Watch a CAIR Know Your Rights webinar to clarify what will change following the termination of the Ban.
  • Read an article from the NY Times that captures the ongoing impact the Ban had on Muslim communities around the globe.
  • Join us for a community conversation at AfterZoom Chai, details below.
  • Support the No Ban Act which if enacted would change immigration law to prohibit discrimination based on religion and limit executive authority to prevent any president from issuing future bans.
AFTERZOOM CHAI: COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Tuesday, January 26 at 3:30PM PST
Join us tomorrow at 3:30PM PST for a community conversation to discuss the implications of repealing the Muslim and African Ban after years of collective effort, action, and organizing. Bring your thoughts and goals for the years to come. All engagement levels and knowledge backgrounds welcome! Zoom link here.
[COMMUNITY NEWS] SOUTH ASIAN WINTER CAMP A MAJOR SUCCESS
The South Asian Winter Camp (SAWC) was created by a group of Stanford students concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on education in South Asia. Check out the incredible work of the team in the Stanford Daily article here.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS FOR A VIRTUAL RAMADAN
In collaboration with MSU & ORSL, Markaz is beginning to plan a special Virtual Ramadan for the Stanford community. As a collective, we will be curating a schedule of events and engagement opportunities that will honor important aspects of Ramadan, and we want all members of the community to be involved.

For the next two weeks, we're looking for community input. Schedule a 10–15-minute meeting with Associate Director Cassie Garcia  (https://go.oncehub.com/csgarcia) or send her an email at csgarcia@stanford.edu.
MARKAZ MOSAIC: SEASON 2 CONCLUDES
Season 2 of Markaz Mosaic has finally wrapped up! This season was all about how relationships have morphed in the midst of crisis. Over the past three months, we have reflected on the struggles of quarantine, strategized on how to radicalize our loved ones, and celebrated our new frosh communities, which prove that the Markaz is still a home even if it isn’t physical. Revisit all three episodes on SpotifyApple Podcasts  or through the Mosaic website.

Thank you to our contributors. We are grateful for this season's interviewees' wisdom and willingness to share. Thanks is also due to the indomitable Arman Kassam, Mosaic project manager and host. Arman, we applaud your leadership, passion and creativity!
UPCOMING EVENTS
MARKAZ FLI LUNCH
Friday, January 29 at 12PM PST

Directors Abiya and Cassie are hosting a virtual lunch on Friday, January 29th for FLI students in our community. Whether you identify with the Muslim experience religiously, culturally, or otherwise, you’re welcome to join us! This gathering will be a place for students to be in community, vent, and share insights with Markaz staff.  Door dash gift cards will be provided prior to the event.  Attendance will be capped at 20 and early RSVP is required. RSVP here.

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Wednesday, February 10 at 5PM PST
We are often faced with difficult situations concerning our Muslim identity and are unsure how to respond. The Markaz will be hosting "Difficult Conversations," a student only space where we will present different scenarios, hear one another's perspectives, and discuss potential ways to respond. Join us for another session on Wednesday, February 10th at 5 pm PST. RSVP here.

These sessions will also be tailored to your interests. You can fill out the anonymous form in the RSVP link with topics you want to see discussed: bit.ly/conversationsrsvp
EVENTS FROM OUR CAMPUS PARTNERS

Attend OSE’s virtual Student Activities and Resource Fair. Log into CampusGroups on January 25 - 26 to preview booths, on January 27 from 3pm to 5pm PST to chat live with 40+ Stanford offices,  and on January 28 – 29 from 5pm to 8pm PST to meet student org leaders! FAQ here.

[1/28] TALK: Iran, Islam, and Democracy RSVP
[1/28] TALK: Post-partition in Pakistan and Post 9/11 in Afghanistan RSVP
[1/28] TALK: Perspectives on Anti-Asian American Racism, Faith and Identity RSVP
[1/29] TALK:
Haas Center Student Community Organizing Panel RSVP
[2/2] DISCUSSION:
Black Activism in the Bay Area RSVP
[2/6] DISCUSSION:
Muhammad: Man and Prophet with Dr. Adil Salahi RSVP
[2/17] TALK: A Conversation on Women's Empowerment RSVP
COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES
Apply for the Mayfield Fellows Program. Gain a comprehensive entrepreneurship education through technology ventures courses, a world-class paid summer internship, and learn directly from faculty, startup founders, and venture capitalists. Mayfield fellows develop leadership skills within a tight-knit cohort of students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Program applications are due Friday Feb. 1st.

Nominate some for the Muslim American Community Award (MACA). The Muslim Student Union at Stanford annually bestows the MACA upon a Muslim who has made substantial contributions to knowledge and society. Award recipients are selected based on the magnitude of the impact of their contributions. For more about MACA and past recipients press here.To nominate someone, fill out the nomination form. Please submit nominations by January 30th.

Submit work to Stanford's Undergraduate Anthropology Research Journal. Contexts is now accepting submissions for their Spring 2021 publication. Visual art and photography submissions are accepted! Whether it's a PWR 2 assignment, a research paper you wrote over the summer, a project you've been working on on the side, or a class essay: it is open to all kinds of submissions. Priority deadline is March 15th. Reach out to Minha or Sadie with any questions.

Sign up for Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders' Seminar. This new lineup of ETL speakers is a stirring blend of tech innovators and changemakers that will ignite your inner-entrepreneur. STVP is welcoming founders of Stitch Fix, MasterClass, Robinhood, and autonomous vehicle company Zoox to the MS&E 472 Zoom room. MS&E 472 is a one-unit course and can be repeated for credit. Check out the full lineup on the events page and enroll now.
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