Updates for Week 9, Fall Quarter

The Markaz's intern program is at the heart of our mission to empower a vibrant community of students who identify with Muslim experiences both here and around the world. Using a framework grounded in social justice and our understanding of intersectionality, this program is a volunteer opportunity for first-year students to actively engage in community building, advocacy and allyship at the Markaz in the Winter and Spring Quarters.

You can learn more about the program and apply here!
Applications are due on Friday, November 13th at 11:59 PST.
Difficult Conversations
Thursday, November 12 at 4:30 PM PST
Has someone ever put you on the spot regarding your faith? Have you felt uncomfortable asking your professor to leave for Friday prayer or delaying an exam for Eid?

We are often faced with difficult situations concerning our Muslim identity and are unsure how to respond. As a part of a larger series, the Markaz will be hosting "Difficult Conversations," a conversational space led by graduate student community coordinator Abd Al-Rahman Traboulsi on Thursday, November 12. We will present different scenarios, hear one anothers perspectives, and discuss potential ways to respond. Feedback will be elicited beforehand from a panel of community leaders, scholars, and academics regarding the scenarios to help enrich our discussion.

Interested? RSVP at and submit scenarios, questions or other conversational topics at
Tuesday, November 10 at 3:30 PM PST
Join us this Tuesday (11/10) at 3:30 pm PST for a fun game of Taboo, chill vibes, and lots of laughs! Bring your tea and your best clues, and come de-stress. We’re looking forward to being in community with you all! Zoom link here and always available at
[11/10] TALK: "Thinking with Islamic Things" with Anna Bigelow RSVP
[11/11] LECTURE: Islamic Humanitarian Law and Islamic Armed Groups RSVP
[11/12] LECTURE: Women Scholars in Islam: A Forgotten Leg with MSU RSVP
[11/19] LECTURE: Iran's 1933 Oil Concession: Myths and Realities RSVP
[11/20] SEMINAR: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East RSVP
Attend a South Asian Languages Info Session. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student thinking about studying a South Asian language in the summer or in grad school, join the Center for South Asia Associate Director to learn about the opportunities available. Session will be held on November 10th from 12-1PM PST. Zoom link here.

Apply to speak or perform at the 2021 Virtual Stanford Women's March. They are looking for speakers and artists who would like to share their stories of empowerment, solidarity and the meaning of intersectionality in the year 2020. They hope to feature a diverse range of voices in this year’s cabaret-style march, including speakers, artists, poets, singers, dancers and more. Speakers from all backgrounds and gender identities, and artists from all art forms are encouraged to apply! Please fill out the Google form here by December 18th.

Join the Dialogue-to-Action Program for Equity and Justice. This fellowship, available to sophomores, prepares students to be ethical and effective civic leaders equipped to tackle social injustice through intergroup dialogue, social action skills, and public service. The program will be offered over winter and spring quarters and will take place virtually on zoom or as a hybrid depending on COVID-19 circumstances. Learn more and apply for the fellowship here. Applications due December 1.
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 information here.
Spiritual Support: One-on-one sessions with Dr. Rania Awaad
Have questions on Islam? Or want to speak to a qualified Muslim psychiatrist on mental health needs? Sign up for one-on-one session with Dr. Rania Awaad.
Well-being: Coaching Sessions with Maija Cruz

Maija works to support students who want to clarify their goals and create movement towards a sustainable, authentic self. Sign up for coaching with Maija here.
A weekly collection of interesting and noteworthy articles, podcasts and online events you may have missed curated collectively by the Markaz staff: 
Mahnoor (she/her) is a junior studying Psychology and Economics. She is from Islamabad, Pakistan and serves as one of our Muslim Mental Health Initiative Coordinators.

"I miss the comforting conversations with strangers who so quickly turned into such close friends. I yearn to be back in that warm kitchen to make another sizzling hot cup of cardamom chai that reminded me of home. I want to run up the Nitery staircase, taking two steps at a time, to make it in time for my friends' events. I wish I could collapse on those sofas just one more time and feel enveloped by love and care."
"In quarantine, I have been going on a lot of walks with my family members, but what makes these walks unique is that we play something akin to 20 questions while strolling. I've asked my dad about his dream job when he was younger. My mom knows about my struggles with feeling out of place at Stanford sometimes. My brother confessed to me that his favorite color has changed from blue to a deep purple. These walks have definitely been the highlight of my quarantine period because they have made me feel closer to people who I thought already knew the most about me."
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