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Understanding and Combating Racism (Youth Workshops)

  • Embassy Suites 8517 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA, 22182 United States (map)

10:00 - 11:30 AM (Ages 12-14)
12:30 - 2:30 PM (Ages 15-19)


We invite youth throughout the NWMI community to this very special youth workshop, which will introduce and explore concepts of racism, aggression, microaggression, allyship, and more. As these topics require different approaches for different age groups, the workshop will be offered in two sessions. Both sessions will be led by Layla Abdullah-Poulos.

All workshop participants will have lunch together and pray between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

The first session, designed for youth ages 12-14, will focus on allyship, tolerance, aggression, microaggression, and bullying. Participants will:

  • Learn about the diversity of the Sahabah in the time of Prophet Muhammad (saws)
  • Explore anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and how it has led to aggression towards Muslims
  • Talk about the many groups of people that comprise the Muslim American ummah
  • Discuss how different racial groups within the Muslim American ummah interact with one another
  • Examine how privilege and oppression play out within the Muslim American ummah
  • Discuss ways to address racism within the Muslim American ummah and be a powerful ally.

The second session, designed for youth ages 15-19, will provide a "Racism 101" course, with special focus on identity and privilege. Participants will:

  • Understand Qur'anic ayat, prophetic narrations, and scholarly sources that are the basis of Muslim Anti-Racism
  • Define internalized, interpersonal and institutional racism, to be able to reflect on the ways in which the three I’s of racism interplay 
    • Participants will be able to chart how dominant narratives allow for the perpetuation of racist policies and practices that lead to real world consequences.
  • Reflect on the effects of systemic racism in their own lives to consider the ways in which they can challenge racism and build multiracial coalitions to counter racial disparities
  • Understand social identities and consider the ways in which intersecting oppressions shape people’s lives
  • Explore ways in which self-assessed privileges may be utilized to provide support for people targeted for oppression
  • Learn basic proficiencies necessary to becoming capable and productive social justice allies and to avoid/rectify common pitfalls

You MUST register for this workshop. Space is limited. If you have successfully registered you will receive a confirmation email that you must bring with you to the workshop.

Session 1 (ages 12-14) is limited to 20 students.
Session 2 (ages 15-19) is limited to 30 students.

Layla Abdullah-Poulos is adjunct faculty at SUNY Empire State College. She holds an MA in Liberal Studies and an advanced certificate in Women and Gender Studies.  Abdullah-Poulos is the project manager for NbA Muslims, a cultural project highlighting the heritages, experiences, and cultural productions of native-born American Muslims of African American, Indigenous, Latinx, and European descent. She also serves as a New York Trainer for the MuslimARC and a US Correspondent for AboutIslam.