Updates for Week 2, Winter Quarter
The Stanford Muslim Student Mental Health Initiative (Stanford MMHI) is a community-driven research & advocacy project that has been launched in collaboration with the Markaz and the Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab. Stanford MMHI aims to uplift Muslim students by understanding and advocating for their mental health needs. If you are interested in helping provide insight into Stanford Muslim students' mental health needs, you can participate in the following IRB-approved study by filling out this interest form. Follow the initiative on instagram @StanfordMMHI and email any questions here.
Study Details:
  • Participation will include a 1.5-2 hour focus group discussion in response to ten questions about 
  • the well-being of Muslim students at Stanford 
  • The focus group will be conducted over Zoom
  • Participants will receive $25 as compensation for their time
  • 18 years or older
  • Enrollment as a full-time Stanford student in any undergraduate or graduate programs (including Stanford Medical School, Stanford Law School, coterm, masters, and PhD programs).
  • Self-identify as Muslim
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: spirituality & worship; community & connection; tradition & culture; and charity & service.  We want all members of the community to find meaningful ways to participate, whatever time zone you may be in, or whatever capacity you might have.

For the next two weeks, we're looking for community input. Do you have feedback from last year? Or, have an idea for an event or engagement opportunity?  Schedule a 10–15-minute meeting with Associate Director Cassie Garcia  ( or send her an email at

Episode 3: Lara & Mahmoud
According to Maryam, this year's Frosh Experience Coordinator, the Muslim Frosh community thrived in the fall. How did this happen? Our final episode of season 2 features stories of hilarity and resilience from Lara and Mahmoud, two first-years that nurtured the best of communities in the worst of times.
Listen on SpotifyApple Podcasts  or through the Mosaic website.
Mosaic is a storytelling platform for Stanford University’s Markaz community, an immense diversity of people who are all connected to the broader Muslim world. Every quarter, we release episodes that explore a yearlong theme. This year’s theme is heart to heart; what are the relationships that make up our community? How have these relationships become all the more needed despite (or because of) calamity and crisis? Where might we find silver linings in a disrupted world?
Tuesday, January 19 at 3:30PM PST
Happy start of winter quarter! Join us today at 3:30PM PST for a fun and joyful scavenger hunt during this AfterZoom Chai. We look forward to seeing you all, catching up, and holding space for each other in community. Zoom link here.
Tuesday, January 19 at 5PM PST
Join us this evening to set intentions for the new year with Hosai Mojaddidi, a Bay Area Speaker and Mental Health Advocate. RSVP here.
Sunday, January 24 at 2PM PST
Stanford Queer Student Resources (QSR), the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL), and Refuge: Queerness, Spirituality, and Religion are proud to announce the Inaugural Speaker Series on Queerness, Spirituality, and Religion, a seven-week series featuring LGBQTIA+ spiritual activists, leaders, and scholars from around the globe.

The Queerness & Islam Speaker Panel features 4 LGBTQIA+ Muslim leaders - Shenaaz Janmohamed, LCSW, Mahdia Lynn, Dr. Mohammad Mertaben, and Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Bund. Sign up for the "Queerness & Islam" event on January 24th HERE. 

The following panelists will be participating in the Queerness and Islam Panel:

Shenaaz Janmohamed, LCSW: 
Shenaaz Janmohamed is the founder and director of Queer Crescent. A healing practitioner of Shia Muslim South Asian ascent, Shenaaz is also a parent of a young wise kiddo, a licensed psychotherapist and cultural worker living on Ohlone Land (Oakland CA). 

Mahdia Lynn: Mahdia Lynn the co-founder and director of Masjid al-Rabia, a women-centered LGBTQ affirming mosque, and is a passionate advocate for justice and a vision of Islam where no one is left behind. A prolific writer, educator and public speaker; along with her work with Masjid al-Rabia and her organizing work centering incarceration, abolition and disability justice Mahdia freelances as a writer, educator, and public speaker.

Dr. Mohammad Mertaben, MDMo is a current Pediatric Hospitalist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. Mo identifies as gay, Lebanese and Muslim and has attempted to pave a path for acceptance for LGBTQ+ Arabs/Muslims through his work personal social network as well as with Rainbow Street.

Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Bund: Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Bund is LGBTQIA+ Activist. He is founder and Chairperson of Sonzal Welfare Trust, an organization working for the wellbeing of gender and sexual minorities in Kashmir.

[1/21] TALK: Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema RSVP
[1/21] TALK: Debating Race Across Disciplines RSVP
[1/21] TALK: America and Iran with John Ghazvinian 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
Explore Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Life, a new Urban Studies Concentration. This concentration focuses on the role that race and ethnicity play in the formation, development, social structure, and lived experience of cities. Through a range of courses, students engage with how race and ethnicity shape where people live, relationships with law enforcement, neighborhood change, inter-group interactions, access to institutions, local politics, social movements, identity formation, and health outcomes, among other themes. Learn more here, or email Prof. Tomás Jiménez.

Apply to be a New Student Orientation Coordinator for NSO 2021! Academic Advising is looking for 6 talented students to serve as New Student Orientation Coordinators and welcome the Class of 2025 and transfer students to Stanford. OCs plan and implement New Student Orientation by working part time in the spring quarter and full-time during the summer. This is a paid position with a variety of areas to grow in (including leadership development, event planning, design, and logistics). Apply here by February 5, 2021.

Apply Summer 2021 BOSP program in Jordan. Join Stanford Professor Samer Al-Saber and learn about "Jordanian Futurities between Ancient Antiquities and Performances of Urban Life". The program takes place between August 28 - September 17, 2021. It consists of one week in Amman, Jerash and Petra and visits to the Dead Sea, Umm Qais, Wadi Rum, and more. Applications are due early Winter Quarter. Learn more here

Apply for the Graduate Community-Based Research Fellowship. This pilot program will support graduate students in actualizing a community-based research project in collaboration with a community partner organization. Fellows will receive $5,000 in summer research funding and be required to take the spring quarter course, Approaching Research in the Community. You will then conduct your community-based research project over the summer and present on your findings the following fall quarter. Apply here by February 8, 2021.
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