Welcome to Fall 2021 and welcome back to campus! It has been such a pleasure seeing so many smiling faces this week. We are excited to get to know so many of you, and of course to reconnect with returning students. It has been too long!
As we return to campus, we are mindful of the fact that the pandemic is ongoing. The Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership (ECL) are guided by values of collective responsibility for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and alumni. As part of the ECL collective, the Markaz will continue to prioritize safety, community-building, and equity as we progress through the quarter.
As of now, our center's indoor space is open only to professional and student staff. Our events will be held virtually or outdoors in Old Union Courtyard, including our weekly Afternoon Chai on Tuesdays 4-5PM. The first one is tomorrow (9/21) - do join us for that! Markaz Directors will also host office hours in OU Courtyard (times listed below) during which you can come meet with us in person.
This Fall, you can look forward to several events and programs, such as: insightful Chai Chats, academic speaker events with the Abbasi program, detailed findings from our Muslim Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) coordinators, and, last but the not the least, the launch of a new Muslim Mentorship Program with MSU. Stay tuned!
Do come by and hi during our office hours, and we hope to see many of you at Chai!
Abiya & Cassie
[Bonus] Virtual Office Hours: Meet with Abiya remotely from the comfort of your dorm on Mondays, 10 AM-12 PM. Zoom link for drop-in visits is here:tinyurl.com/abiyaofficehours.
MARKAZ EVENTS THIS WEEK: WELCOME BACK AFTERNOON CHAI
Afternoon Chai, the Markaz's weekly social hour, is back! We're hosting our first in-person Afternoon Chai on Tuesday, 9/21 from 4-5 PM in Old Union Courtyard. Catch up with friends, staff and community members over a cup of tea. To celebrate this return to campus, we will be serving chai and cardamom cookies from one of our favorite Muslim-owned businesses Zareen's. See you there!
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: REFLECTIONS & THANKS
During New Student Orientation, Markaz welcomed over 70 new community members. At our Tuesday "Meet the Markaz" event and Sunday's community lunch we enjoyed sharing the Markaz's mission, connecting folks to resources, and building community.
Thank you to Frosh Experience coordinator Lara and volunteers Ayesha, Fateemah, Hamza, Manar, Maryam, Rafeea, Yasmeen, Yusuf, & Zak for making NSO such a blast!
Dr. Aminaworks in the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) as an Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life and the Advisor for Muslim Life. If you have questions about Islam, Muslim life on campus, or just want to chat, her office hours are Tuesdays from 11 AM - 3 PM. Reach out to her email@example.com
Join Dr. Amina and other community members for a weekly Quran Circle and a series on the legacy of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) starting this week!
Join the Rathbun Fellowship for Religious Encounter.The Rathbun Fellowship for Religious Encounter brings together faith leaders of different traditions to discuss their communities, core beliefs, practices, and challenges. Learn more and RSVP here.
Save the Date for the Center for African Studies (CAS) most attended workshops, The Producing Knowledge In and Of Africa and the African Diaspora Series. This quarter's events are October 6th, 20th, and November 11th--all virtual--at 12PM PST. The Producing Knowledge series invites all scholars within the humanities, sciences, and social sciences to investigate and discuss the pressing contemporary concerns behind knowledge production in Africa. Sign up for CAS's listserv for updates.
Apply to participate in a new Peer Mediation Program. The Office of Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning (ICIL) is seeking four passionate and innovative students to help re-launch the Peer Mediation Program, after a 15-year hiatus. Under the supervision of staff members, the peer mediators will develop knowledge, awareness and skills to assist their peers in better understanding conflict, addressing certain issues with restorative practices, and help to mediate those conflicts serving as neutral and impartial third party. Remuneration: $17.50/hr for 30 weeks, up to 5/hrs a week or a total of 150 hours over the course of an academic year. To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to Ankita Rakhe, Assistant Dean for Student Support (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9/26.
Check out “Introduction to Arab Studies” This Fall 2021 course, taught by Markaz favorite Professor Samer Al-Saber, will offer a speaker series component open to our community. The series of events will highlight the framework of collective belonging, cultural construction, identity and heritage formation.