Welcome to the winter quarter! We hope the break was restful and rejuvenating, and we are looking forward to being together in community once again. We know the uncertainty and challenges of the pandemic still loom over us, and the political turmoil in recent times has been unsettling, to say the least. At the Markaz, we will continue to support you all however you need, as our commitment to offering varied and relevant programming remans undeterred. This quarter, we have exciting events and activities planned: we plan to host speakers for addressing themes around politics, society, entrepreneurship, among others, and we will also introduce wellness programming to offer support specific to our community. As always, our standard Afterzoom Chai will continue on Tuesdays, starting next week. As we launch into the 2021, we hope the new year brings with it renewal and recovery, and we are here, as always, on that journey with you.
Abiya & Cassie
WELCOMING DR. AMINA DARWISH TO THE OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL LIFE (ORSL)
We are excited to share that on February 1st, Dr. Amina Darwish "Imamina" will join Stanford's ORSL as the Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life and Advisor for Muslim Life. Dr. Darwish earned ijazas, traditional Islamic studies certifications, from the Qalam seminary and the Critical Loyalty seminary. She has also studied individually under different scholars from all over the world. She earned a PhD in Chemical engineering before switching careers to follow her true passion for community building.
She served at Columbia University as the first full-time Muslim Life Coordinator. Dr. Darwish also taught on Islam and Muslims at Northern Kentucky University and served as the content development coordinator at the Muslim Youth of North America. We thrilled to have Dr. Darwish join our ORSL & Markaz community, and hope you will join us in offering her a warm welcome!
NEW MARKAZ MOSAIC: HEART TO HEART
Episode 2: Heidi & Haniyah
Season 2 of Mosaic continues this winter with a conversation between Haniyah, a former student staff member (left) and Heidi, who works for the Centers for Equity, Community and Leadership as a program coordination (right). This episode is all about everyday activism: how do we navigate our friendships, families, and faiths with social consciousness in mind?
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?
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. Celebrating the beautiful diversity of many global faith traditions, this speaker series is the first event of its kind to empower, celebrate, and uplift changemakers who are improving society at the intersection of religion, spirituality, and faith with LGBTQIA+ life, experience, and identity. Learn more about the series and sign up for the first event "Queerness & Islam" on January 24th HERE.
Join us at Frosh Winter Warm Up this Friday, January 15 from 3-5PM PST. Student staff members, Mahnoor, Aneeqa and Maryam will be hosting a Markaz break out room. We will play games, do some tag-yourself-memes, and share winter break stories. If you are new to the center, staff can also answer any questions you may have about our resources. See you there! Find more info about the event here.
EVENTS FROM OUR CAMPUS PARTNERS
[1/14] TALK: "Then the Fish Swallowed Him" with Amir Ahmadi Arian RSVP [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 GhazvinianRSVP [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 IdentityRSVP
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 Social Science Research Council Virtual Internship. The intern would be assigned to work on CPPF’s policy work for the UN on the Middle East, including: Preparing brief literature reviews on new and emerging academic research relating to key developments, political trends, conflicts in the Middle East; Drafting primers/background notes on specific topics relating to conflict; Compiling media round-ups on news relating to the Middle East, and more! It will be offered in Spring (April 12 - June 4) and Summer (June 21 - August 13). Applications due February 2nd, 2021. Apply here.
Attend ACTIV360, a Harvard-led sports and mental health conference in the MENA. ACTIV360 works to destigmatize mental health through the sports platform. Creating this unique atmosphere encourages receptiveness in this conversation. This conference will hold two panels on January 14th, 2021. The first panel will consist of medical and sports professionals. The second panel will consist of world class squash athletes. Register 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.