The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is excited to offer events for faculty and staff that aim to help enrich our cross-cultural and religious understanding and enhance the sense of belonging and connectedness across Adelphi. 

This interactive and collaborative virtual event for faculty and staff will have time for sharing and possible break-out sessions to facilitate meaningful small-group dialogue. 

This program delves into the unique experience of Muslim students in a college campus environment during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. It explores how observing Ramadan can contribute to and even enhance student success in various aspects, including spiritual reflection and personal growth. It can provide staff and faculty with a deeper understanding of the Muslim student experience and ways to be engaged and affirming. 

Facilitator Bios

Amira Shouman

Amira Shouman is a licensed social worker and the Islamic Center Associate Director at NYU. Amira’s background in higher education has centered around student engagement in community service and leadership programs. At the Islamic Center, her work is focused on creating a space where students and community members can be supported and inspired by their unique identities. 

Faiyaz Jaffer

Dr. Faiyaz Jaffer is the Research Scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University and an Associate Chaplain for the Center of Global & Spiritual Life at NYU. He holds a doctorate in education from New York University, focusing on the identity development of Muslim youth in the United States. Pursuing the classical course of Islamic education, he studied in the Seminary of Karbala, Iraq, one of the most prominent centers for Islamic learning. 

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