Islamophobia Workshop

Past event


Addressing Islamophobia: Facts & Practical Tools For the Workplace and the Classroom

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University of Denver
Graduate School of Social Work
Craig Hall - Room 120 - Community Room
2148 South High St.
Denver, CO 80208

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Event Description

Muslims have been part of the United States since the days of the Thirteen Colonies, although they make up only 1% of the U.S. population today. Like every marginalized population, they have always faced some degree of discrimination. Since 2015, however, Muslims have faced new levels of hostility, and many American Muslims are living in fear. "Islamophobia," a relatively new term, has become a trending word politically and socially, while even the most tolerant people tend to believe things about Islam and Muslims that simply aren't true.

Empower yourself to tackle Islamophobia in the workplace, classroom and social settings, and to be able to connect with Muslim clients, colleagues and friends, by learning more about the presence of Muslims in the United States and their civic engagement today.

Join three respected educators as they bust myths, share truths, reveal history and examine today's political environment – all in an effort to help participants from a broad spectrum of professions to provide better service to Muslim communities and to speak factually about Muslims in their everyday conversations.

Start with a brief policy update from Jennifer Greenfield, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work. Dr. Greenfield will frame Islamophobia in terms of state and federal policies, focusing specifically on recent hot-button issues such as immigration and racial discrimination. Next, Andrea Stanton, PhD, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, provides a brief history of Islam in the U.S., with some key demographic data on American Muslims today. Then, Iman Jodeh, MPA, Executive Director of Meet the Middle East, shares the efforts that today's Muslims are undertaking in terms of civic engagement, political activism and combatting Islamophobia and extremism.

This workshop includes interactive, small group sessions to enable participants to discuss their specific goals professionally and personally when it comes to serving or learning more about Muslims. For example, teachers with Muslim populations or Islam-focused content can request resources that help to make their classrooms more inclusive. Medical and behavioral health professionals can discuss ways to support Muslim patients while providing care.

Learning Objectives:
Participants in this course will:

  • Understand current policy issues impacting American Muslims, and how these impact professional and personal interactions
  • Understand the long history of Muslims in the US, and be able to use education as a tool for professional and personal engagement
  • Understand the contours of contemporary American Muslim communities and Muslim civic engagement
  • Examine ways that our political discourses are contributing to Islamophobia
  • Discover local, state, and national resources for professional and personal use

Content subject to change.

Instructor Biographies

Andrea Stanton is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, and an affiliate faculty member at the Korbel Center for Middle East Studies. Her research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Islam in the Middle East and around the world. She obtained her MA and PhD from Columbia University, and her BA from Williams College. Her first book, This is Jerusalem Calling, was published in 2013. She has received grants from the American Academy of Religion, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the United States Institute of Peace. She frequently speaks on issues relating to the contemporary Middle East and Islam.

Jennifer C. Greenfield is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the intersections of health and wealth disparities across the life course, especially through the mechanism of family caregiving. Through her research, Dr. Greenfield seeks to identify and test policy interventions that best support families as they balance employment and caregiving. She has testified before numerous state legislative committees and her work has been cited in a variety of media outlets, particularly related to paid leave and minimum wage policy initiatives. Her research has been supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Retirement Research, and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.

Iman Jodeh is the co-founder and executive director of Meet the Middle East, a non-profit organization that aims to educate Americans on Middle Eastern culture, religion, geography, history, and politics. She serves on the board of directors of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and as spokesperson for the Colorado Muslim Society. A first-generation Palestinian-American, Iman is fluent in Arabic and maintains a second home in Ramallah, Palestine. In addition to her role at Meet the Middle East, she lectures at the University of Denver, and is a regular guest speaker on Islam and the geopolitical climate of the Middle East.