Inclusive Language Series: Islamophobia

For this week’s edition of our Inclusive Language Series, we will be taking a look at Islamophobia.

Islamophobia is a term used to describe the fear, prejudice, and discrimination directed toward Islam and Muslims. It has become a growing concern in many parts of the world, leading to harmful actions towards Muslims, such as hate crimes and exclusion from society.

Islamophobia can take many forms, including hate speech, harassment, and even violence. It often stems from a lack of understanding or misinformation about the religion and its followers. In many cases, negative stereotypes and generalizations are perpetuated by the media, politicians, and other public figures.

These attitudes can have a profound impact on Muslims, who may feel ostracized and marginalized within their communities. They may also face barriers to education, employment, and other opportunities due to their faith.

Islamophobia is harmful not only to Muslims, but to society as a whole. It perpetuates division and prejudice, and undermines efforts to build a more inclusive and tolerant world. Therefore, It is essential for individuals and institutions to challenge and combat Islamophobia in all its forms, and to work towards creating a more equitable and just society for all.

You can actively reduce harm by speaking up when you hear Islamophobic remarks or see Islamophobic behaviors on campus. Call in the person who made the remark or behavior and explain why it is hurtful and offensive. Additionally, you can report incidents of Islamophobia using the Dean of Students Office’s bias reporting form or by talking with your House Fellow, Residence Life Coordinator, or Resident Manager to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus environment for all students, regardless of their background or religion.

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Upcoming Holidays & Observances

March 22nd – April 21st: Ramadan, an Islamic holiday marked by fasting, praise, prayer, and devotion to Islam

April 4th: Mahavir Jayanti, a holiday celebrated by the Jains commemorating the birth of Lord Mahavira. It is one of the most important religious festivals for Jains

April 4th: Lord’s Evening Meal, celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses in commemoration of the event believed to have occurred on the first night of Passover in approximately 33 CE that other Christians call the Last Supper

April 5th-13th: Passover, an eight-day Jewish holiday in commemoration of the emancipation of the Isarelites from slavery in ancient Egypt

April 6th: Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), the Christain holiday commemorating the Last Supper, at which Jesus and the Apostles were together for the last time before the crucifixion. It is celebrated on the Thursday before Easter

April 7th: Good Friday, a day celebrated by Christians to commemorate the execution of Jesus by crucifixion. It is recognized on the Friday before Easter

April 9th: Easter, a holiday celebrated by Christains to recognize Jesus’ return from death after the crucifixion