Updates for Week 10, Fall Quarter

Dear community,

As we approach the end of this quarter, we want to take a moment to acknowledge your collective resilience! It has been a quarter like no other, and managing the intricacies of the ongoing pandemic have been challenging, to say the least. We have been grateful to have been in community with all of you after so long, and we want to thank you for your continued prioritization of safety and health. We also want to share gratitude for your continued engagement and support of the Markaz and its programs - we are here because of you and for you.

We hope the new year will bring with it much needed relief for everyone. We wish you all good luck with final exams and assignments, a restful and rejuvenating winter break, and an early happy new year! 

See you in 2022!

Abiya & Cassie

The center's output far exceeded our expectations for this first quarter back and we have only our wonderful student staff to thank for that! Their drive, ingenuity and, above all, commitment to the community is what keeps Markaz thriving. Here's a brief summary of what they've accomplished in the last ten weeks:
Building Community:
  • We welcomed our biggest cohort of Frosh ever at our NSO open house and community lunch. Coordinator Lara continued to build community with Frosh and completed recruitment for our intern program this quarter.
  • Afternoon Chai returned better than ever with a weekly tea offering and dynamic co-partnerships organized by Coordinator Manar, including a social justice themed painting with MSU, a tasty treat with PSA, and de-stressing with MMHI. 
Intellectual Engagement and Artistic Vitality: 
  • Markaz organized three events on representation, culture, and ethics. Abbasi-Markaz Fellow Yusuf critically examined the “Golden Age” of Islam, and Chai Chat Coordinator Ayesha explored key questions around Muslims & AI, as well as Muslims, romance, & fiction.
  • Mosaic podcast will return with “The Sound of Home,'' stories related to themes of music and identity. Contact Manager Sophia to get involved (details below). 
Mentorship and Alumni Engagement: 
  • Minara, a new mentorship program, launched! Coordinator Maryam and Fellow Nour recruited and matched over 100 participants! Minara event series began with a Homecoming Reunion event for local and visiting alumni.
Research and Advocacy
  • The Muslim Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) team completed their research report under the leadership of Aneeqa and Mahnoor. MMHI’s next steps include using findings to enhance mental health resources for Muslim students.
  • Our Anti-Islamophobia program is thinking about housing! Through a new partnership with IBIC, our Graduate Activist Sarah is collecting data that will inform future trainings for our partners in ResEd to better support Muslim student living on campus. 
We also want to uplift the work of our Communications Manager Habboba, who creates these weekly newsletters and oversees our social media, and Hodan, our Outreach Coordinator, who keeps us grounded and connected to community. Their work is integral to the success of every Markaz program!
Markaz Mosaic is a storytelling platform for people at Stanford from the broader Muslim world! We gather and share stories with salient themes surrounding collective identity: family, growth, distance, belonging.

This season, our theme is The Sound of Home. How does music connect or inform your ideas of a ‘homeland’ whether that is the US or abroad?
We are currently looking for people interested in sharing stories related to this theme and getting their stories turned into podcasts! Please reach out to Sophia Vahanvaty ( if you or someone you know may be interested.
[EVENT RECAP] Chai Chat - Counter-Narratives: Fiction, Romance, and Muslims, 11/15
Thank you to everyone who attended our chai chat on November 15th! Our Chai Chat Coordinator, Ayesha Khawaja, organized this event where we spoke with Uzma Jalaluddin.
Jalaluddin is the bestselling author of Ayesha At Last and Hana Khan Carries On. Jalaluddin discussed Muslim representation in fiction, her experiences in the publishing industry, and why communities of color need more romance novels.  If you missed the event with Jalaluddin, you can now watch it here.
Assist a PhD student with language research. A PhD student in the Department of Linguistics is conducting research on Hindi and Urdu and is in search of native speakers. This is a paid position with approximately 2 hours of weekly work. Please contact at

Work as a Research Assistant with the History Department. The History Department is offering paid research opportunities for undergraduates to work on a faculty-led research project over the Winter and Spring quarters. Apply here and contact Kai Dowding ( with questions.

Enroll in courses with social impact this Winter quarter. Through Stanford Cardinal Service students can take courses that offer service experience and help enrich knowledge of communities around them. Enrollment opens on 12/1. Follow this link to learn more.
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