"Can You Hear Us Now?" What is it like being a Muslim in America? How are our opportunities different being a Muslim and woman? Join us for our panel discussion, and dive into a video of a spoken word poem written and performed by a young Muslim woman named, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. In her poem she speaks of what it is like being a Muslim woman who wears the hijab in the 21st century, she speaks on the constant pressure that not only hijab wearing Muslim women face, but any identity that does not conform to this picture painted with one brush on how everyone should be. Followed by an introduction of each panel member and their hijab stories. Lastly, the panelists will talk about being Muslim in the Brockport community, and on campus as a whole. To conclude we will be opening up the floor for questions and comments. We want our audience to have the desire to want to educate themselves, and would like them to walk away being more comfortable around individuals that they do not identify with, as well as, initiating conversations that are outside their comfort zone with people from a different identity then them.
GOAL/OUTCOME #1 For the participants to be receptive of identities they don’t identify with.
GOAL/OUTCOME #2 A desire to want to educate themselves on things they weren’t open to learning about prior to this discussion.
GOAL/OUTCOME #3 Initiating conversations that are outside their comfort zone with people from a different identity than them.
Halima Hussein, Nursing Intent, The College at Brockport Halima Hussein is the current president of the Brockport Muslim Student Association (MSA) and is a nursing program intent. As a member of the MSA board, she and the rest of the members held multiple talks introducing MSA on campus with the purpose of bridging the gap between Muslims and non-Muslim community here at Brockport. Last semester, Ms. Hussein was the treasurer of Girl Up, an organization that helps girls in developing country who lack educational opportunities. She has worn the scarf for as long as she can remember, and she can speak about how wearing the headscarf is different now than it was before.
Mariam Kamagaté, Psychology Major, The College at Brockport Mariam S. Kamagaté is currently in her senior year as a psychology major. She is one of the founders of the Brockport Muslim Student Association. Last year she served as the association’s president, bringing the club more acknowledgement and building bridges throughout the Brockport Campus and community. She currently sits as the club’s secretary, and she has a position on the Brockport Student Government board as a senator. She was raised in a Muslim household and has been wearing the hijab for four years now, so she is qualified to speak on being Muslim and wearing the hijab.
Rukia Abdi, Current Student, The College at Brockport Rukia Abdi, a sophomore, is vice president of the Brockport Muslim Student Association. Last year, she was a member of multiple clubs and is excited to hold a leadership position this year. Ms. Abdi is optimistic to bringing change to the Brockport community. She grew up in a Muslim household and has been wearing the hijab all her life. She is excited to talk about her experience with the hijab back home compared to America.
Kin Lay, Biochemistry Major, The College at Brockport Kin Lay is a biochemistry major. She was an RA for a semester and is part of the Brockport Muslim Student Association e-board. Ms. Lay was inspired by last year’s Diversity campus talk, which led her to join this discussion panel to talk about her experience of being a Muslim college student in the USA.