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Panel Discussion: Muslims in America
April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The St. Olaf College Muslim Student Association and Muslim House will host a panel discussion April 8 titled “Muslims in America: Fostering Muslim Identities Through Empowerment and Advocacy” to discuss to what extent “Muslim” is an identity. The three panelists will be exploring how the conception of “identity” helps or hinder our understanding of the faith and its challenges in America.
The three panelists:
Dr. Habon Abdulle is the executive director and founder of the Women Organizing Women (WOW) Network, a non-profit that encourages new American women to become leaders and advocates in their communities. Abdulle is an experienced and respected voice on building a platform that celebrates minority women’s civic leadership efforts and successes.
Asma Mohamed, the advocacy director for Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE), works with Muslim women to amplify their voices in the areas of intersectionality, sexual violence, and women’s rights. Mohamed is also involved in local movements that support women and people of color, as well efforts to counter Islamophobia.
Suleiman Adan is currently the youth engagement coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) and a program manager for both the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Global Alliance of Muslims for Equality. Adan is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and is an organizer, a youth advocate, and a leader in interfaith dialogue in his community.
This event is organized as part of Islamic Awareness Week and sponsored by the Muslim House and Muslim Student Association.