All Metropolitan State University students and employees are invited to attend a day-long conference, Countering Islamophobia, on May 10 at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. Metropolitan State is a co-sponsor of this important forum organized by CAIR-MN, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
While the persecution of Muslims has been on-going for centuries, Sept. 11, 2001 marked a rise in hate crime against the Muslim community. Islamophobia, from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam.
According to statistics gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of hate acts committed towards Muslim Americans has increased- from 257 in 2015 to 307 in 2016, a 20-percent increase.
Metropolitan State’s Dr. Raj Sethuraju will facilitate and participate in a key workshop on “CVE, Surveillance and Muslim Incarceration” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Humphrey classroom 170. CVE or “Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures” is a dictionary-type list of standardized names for vulnerabilities and other information related to security exposures. Panelists will include Corey Saylor, managing director for Security and Rights at ReThink Media and former director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia for CAIR, and Ayaan Dahir who is involved with the Young Muslim Collective (YMC) and is knowledgeable about CVE practices.
Featured keynotes are How Islamophobia became mainstream, Islamophobia and Public Policy, Impact of Islamophobia on Muslim Women, Practical Ways of Challenging Islamophobia, Understanding the Historic Parallels of Islamophobia and Japanese Internment, Impact of Islamophobia in Minnesota and Stories of Resilience and How Islamophobia Impacts Youth and Families.
Registration fees will be waived for students, staff and faculty who register with a valid metrostate.edu email (use this link to register). The general public may register using this registration link ($40, general public; $20, students). A light breakfast will be provided.
• 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 10 at the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55455.