Islamophobia Workshop

Past event

Craig Hall, Room 120, Community Room


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This course offers 4.0 contact hours

$99 for professionals and community members
$79 for DU affiliates* (DU faculty, staff and alumni)
$49 for current students (must provide a valid student ID at check-in)
There is a discounted price for the Healthcare Policy and Media course.
*Discounted pricing provided for GSSW affiliates generously sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work.

Register here.

Course 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.