On September 8th, 2017, the Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice hosted the Summit on (De)Institutionalizing Islamophobia on College Campuses. Over 90 registered attendees, representing 20 different institutions or organizations, came together at USC to learn and discuss laws and policies that affect Muslim college students and the intersectionality and diversity with the Muslim community. The Summit opened with Karen Symms Gallagher PhD, the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, welcoming attendees and setting up the context and importance of the Summit.
The event was moderated by the Center’s Co-Directors Shafiqa Ahmadi JD and Darnell Cole PhD, with the overall question in mind of how higher education and student affairs professionals, scholars and student leaders can better serve Muslim college students. There were two panels during the event which featured five female Muslim women professionals. The law and policy panel featured Parwana Anwar JD: Trial and Criminal Defense Attorney; Zulaikha Aziz JD: Human Rights Attorney and Assistant Professor of the Practice, School of International Relations at USC; and Marwa Rifahie JD: Civil Rights Attorney at CAIR-LA. The intersectionality and diversity panel featured Shabana Mir PhD: Assistant Professor and Coordinator, General Education at American Islamic College and Najeeba Syeed JD: Associate Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology.
The Summit concluded with a workshop, facilitated by Professors Ahmadi and Cole, where attendees worked together at their tables to reflect and brainstorm on actions they could take at their respective campuses to disrupt Islamophobia. Each attendee made an on-campus commitment action plan, which included creating a timeline and list of resources to utilize.
Here is our report from the event: