Getting to Know American Muslims
Many stereotypes and misconceptions exist about Islam and Muslims. Yet, have we taken the time to get to know a Muslim, learn what they believe & practice, and challenge those misconceptions? This workshop is your opportunity to engage with an American Muslim, learn about their experiences growing up in America, ask questions & reflect on actions we can take toward promoting inclusion and understanding.
Tehseen Lazzouni is the Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of San Diego (ISB), an educational resource organization that educates the San Diego community about Islam and Muslims. Tehseen founded the ISB in September 2000, one year before the tragic events of 9/11. Throughout her experience she has found there are so many misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. Tehseen and the speakers of the ISB have spoken to thousands of San Diegans to help dispel many myths about Islam. People learn that Muslims are American too and that the values our nation is based on, including freedom of religion, justice, and equality for all, are the very values found in Islam.
The Regional Student Diversity Summit (RSDS) is an all day in-person diversity conference for Southern California high school students. This conference focuses on respectful dialogue, the relationship between current and systemic issues, and the potential youth have to catalyze change. Participating students engage with keynote speakers, lecturers, and workshop leaders from around the country on topics of social justice and inclusion at all levels, and build connections between themselves in affinity spaces. RSDS is a grassroots initiative, organized by students of San Diego, California's leading educational institutions.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
On the menu bar, there is a sign up button at the middle of the screen. It will take you to the sign up form. Make sure to complete the Permission Slips!!
DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF DEI ISSUES AND PRACTICES?
Being a part of the DEI community does not call for any previous experience. You do not need to have gone to previous conferences to attend this one. All we need is an open mind, a commitment to change, and a readiness for respectful dialogue.
School-appropriate casual wear!
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF THIS CONFERENCE?
We designed this conference with the purposes of educating – not only through stellar workshop leaders, but through conversations with each other. We truly hope you will leave this conference and have a wider world view, an aptness for understanding, and an aspiration to make change in yourself, your communities, and the greater world.