October is Islamic month in Ontario. Launched in 2007, Celebrating Islamic Heritage, the experiences and contributions of the Muslim community.
Wilfrid Laurier University invites students, faculty, staff, adults and community members to participate in a series of educational and participation events during Islamic Heritage Month. Events will be held in person and are open to all members of the Laurier community unless otherwise noted.
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Throughout the month of October, the following Laurier Instagram stories will share information about the contributions of Muslims to health, wellness, public peace and harmony.
October 3, noon to 4 p.m
Hear stories featured on Laurier’s Instagram account as Laurier’s Center for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion shares support, resources and programs for Islamic Heritage Month.
Soup-er Soup lunch
October 7 and 21, noon to 1 pm, Grace area, Martin Luther University College. Open to all.
Turn up Selda SezenLaurier’s Muslim chaplain and adjunct faculty member at Martin Luther University College, in discussions about the role of Muslims in modern society, the history of Islam and the growth of the religion – over a bowl of soup.
Understanding and Eliminating Islamophobia as a school leader
October 18, 3 to 4 pm, Zoom. Register. Open to Laurier students only.
This course begins with a brief history of the Muslim community in Canada, explains Islamophobia and how it manifests in higher education, and offers some concrete guidelines for addressing and eliminating Islamophobia for academic leaders at Laurier.
The workshop is presented by Humera Javed, equivalent staff and assistant coordinator, Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management; Center for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Selda Sezen, Muslim chaplain at Laurier and adjunct faculty, Martin Luther University College; and Lauren Burrowsdirector, Center for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Muslim Beauty, Body Independence and Empowerment
October 19, 5 pm, Brantford campus. Registration; October 20, 2 pm, Waterloo campus. Register. Open to Laurier students only.
This workshop will discuss various topics related to beauty, body independence and Islam. Topics include women in Islam: facts and myths, challenging models, the role of the hijab, and Muslim women in perspective.
The workshop will be presented by Amilah Baksh (MSW, RSW), an Indo-Caribbean Muslim woman, student, teacher, counselor and social activist. Baksh is a social worker with over 10 years of experience working in the public service sector.
The event is hosted by the Center for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The location will be shared upon registration.
Accidents and Disasters: [En]-buying and Islamophobia
October 24, 7pm, Zoom. Register. Open to the public.
Join Laurier faculty members Mariam Pirbhai and Jasmin Zine for a discussion about Islamophobia. Both authors have recently published books addressing the issue: Isolated Incident by Pirbhai and Under Siege: Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation by Zine. The special exhibition will be opened with a speech by poet Fareh Malik.
Ebru: The Art of Marbling with Selda Sezen
October 26, 1 pm, Waterloo campus. Register. October 28, noon, Brantford campus. Register.
Join Selda Sezen, Laurier’s Muslim chaplain, for an introduction to ebru art. Ebru is a unique type of water-based art that is used to create colorful, marbled sculptures. The Ebru is known as a meditation practice that promotes inner peace and improves vision through its meditation techniques.
The workshop is hosted by Laurier’s Muslim chaplain and the Center for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The location will be shared upon registration.
SUPPORT AND RESOURCES FOR LAURIER STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF
Understanding and Eliminating Islamophobia in Classroom and Instructional Research
See Microsoft Stream. Open to faculty and staff only.
This one-hour workshop will discuss the history of the Muslim community in Canada, explain Islamophobia and its presence in higher education and research, and offer concrete strategies to address and eliminate Islamophobia in schools. A recording of the workshop will be available after the session.
The workshop is presented by Humera Javedequity case worker and support coordinator (Waterloo), Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management; Nazra Ranmallequity and accessibility specialist, Human Resources; Selda Sezen, Muslim chaplain at Laurier and adjunct faculty, Martin Luther University College; and Heena Mistrymanager of equality, diversity and inclusion planning and strategic planning, Office of the Provost and Vice President: Academic.
Muslim Students Association
Laurier’s Muslim Students’ Associations are student organizations within Laurier’s Center for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Organizations are trying to create a safe space for Muslim students and their non-Muslim friends on the Brantford and Waterloo campuses. Students are invited to gather and strengthen relationships based on faith, common interests and fostering unity at Laurier.
Muslim Student Association: Waterloo campus
The Muslim Student Association at Laurier’s Waterloo campus has been supporting Muslim students for over 20 years. During the academic year, the organization organizes educational events for students, often in collaboration with other groups. student-run on campus and in the community. Follow the Waterloo campus Muslim Students’ Association on Instagram for updates on events and ways to get involved.
Muslim Student Association: Brantford campus
The Muslim Student Association at Laurier’s Brantford campus was founded in 2016 by students with support from Laurier teacher Chad Hillier and Shaikh Abu Noman Tarek, an Imam and teacher at the Brantford Mosque. Like their counterparts on the Waterloo campus, Laurier’s Brantford campus Muslim Students’ Association hosts events throughout the academic year, including coffee houses, Eid celebrations and weekly meetings. Follow the Brantford campus Muslim Students’ Association on Instagram for updates on events and ways to get involved.
Meet Laurier’s Muslim Pastor Selda Sezen
Selda Sezen is Laurier’s Chaplain and a member of the university’s academic staff. In his role, Sezen assists Laurier students, staff and faculty in their research, discussion and analysis of religious issues. Sezen is also an adjunct faculty member at Martin Luther University College and organizes discussion groups for Muslim students and women on campus. .
Muslim Studies Option
Laurier students interested in learning more about Islam can enroll in the Islamic Studies option offered through the Department of Religion and Culture. Students pursuing the option apply to the literary and narrative traditions of Islam, as well as the social and historical contexts of Muslim influence. A minimum of four (4.0) grades is required to receive the nomination.
Faithful Prayers and Peaceful Chances
Laurier’s multi-faith prayer spaces are quiet places for prayer, meditation and community. Spaces include a tub/bath, mats, chairs, meditation pillows, spiritual texts and other resources. A Laurier OneCard is required for access.
Places of prayer of many faiths:
- Peters Building, Room 101, Waterloo campus
- Bricker Academic Building, Room 103, Waterloo campus
- Carnegie Building, Room 105, Brantford campus
- Faculty of Social Work Building, Room 321, Kitchener campus
Anti-Islamophobia Resources for Teachers and Staff
Teachers and staff can access an anti-racism toolkit Laurier Connect. The toolkit contains recommended books, podcasts, films and reports that address many forms of racism, including Islamophobia.