Santa Fe Community College Presents Muslims in the West: A Conversation, Feb. 3

The public is invited to a panel discussion and conversation on Muslims in the West. Since the attacks in Paris, there has been a three-fold rise in hate crimes against Muslims. The SFCC President’s Diversity Advisory Committee presents an evening of conversation to help educate the community about hate crimes, Islam and the Muslim faith to increase awareness, present alternative observations and dispel negative misconceptions. Learn about Islam, Muslims, the rights of Muslim women, and more. Participants will be asked to submit questions for the panelists. This event is free but seating is limited. Event will be Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center.

Special Guests:

  • Mayor Javier Gonzales
  • SFCC President Randy W. Grissom


  • Imam Shafi Abdul Aziz, Leader of the Masjid (Mosque)
  • Abbas Akhil, President of the Islamic Center of New Mexico
  • Christopher Adam, UNM, World Languages and Homeland Security
  • Sabiha MashaAllah, local business owner
  • Dr. Mariam Salas, Southwest Healthcare
  • Shammara Henderson, Smart on Crime, Assistant U.S. Attorney and a New Mexico FBI representative


  • Aamna Nayyar, Director of the Dental Department and Professor
  • Emily Stern, Coordinator, Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning

5:30 p.m.  Refreshments provided by local Muslim-owned businesses and the SFCC Culinary Arts Program’s student-run East Wing Eatery
6 p.m. Panel Discussion and Conversation

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