The Muslim Student Experience on the College Campus
A presentation and Q&A with Faiyaz Jaffer, PhD.
When international conflicts affect us personally, culturally and ideologically, Adelphi’s primary mission of education and values of inclusivity, diversity and respect call upon us to foster understanding and provide greater context for what is happening in our world. Since recent world events have spurred tension, divisiveness and harmful rhetoric at other college campuses, Adelphi is seeking to provide a platform for learning and for nurturing our environment of inclusivity and belonging.
Through two distinct discussions with experts in their respective fields, we will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges that Muslim and Jewish community members face. Common sensitivities and misunderstandings will be discussed with the goal of increasing awareness, understanding and care.
A student leader conversation will be held at 6:00pm in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Rooms 113-114.
About the Speaker
Faiyaz Jaffer, PhD
Faiyaz Jaffer, PhD, is a Research Scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University and an Associate Chaplain for the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life. He lectures across the United States, Canada, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East and regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America. He is also a professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, teaching Islamic Law and Islamic Spirituality and a visiting professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary. In 2019, he co-founded Pillars of Peace, a non-profit organization that addresses a gap in appropriate services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence from all backgrounds and in particular within the Muslim community. He holds a doctorate in education from New York University, with a focus 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.
This event is one half of a two-part series that includes The History of Antisemitism and Recent Examples in an American Context with Avinoam J. Patt, PhD, the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut and upcoming Maurice Greenberg Chair of Holocaust Studies at New York University.