OCUTalks will continue its conversation series with “The Muslim Experience.”
OCUTalks is a panel discussion, typically on the topic of campus diversity.
Dr. Imad Enchassi, professor of Islamic studies; Dr. Mohamed Daadaoui, professor of political science, and Sireene Khader, cell and molecular biology/chemistry freshman, make up the panel for this discussion.
Russ Tallchief, director of student engagement, inclusion and multicultural program hosts the panel.
The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 4 in the Great Hall in Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center. Admission is free.
Enchassi said he was contacted by Tallchief in light of the political atmosphere.
“We must have a conversation in Oklahoma City about the Muslim experience from the perspective of professors and students,” Enchassi said. “Like any other conversations, this will break down the wall of misunderstanding and mistrust.”
Enchassi said OCU officials have been instrumental in initiating interfaith dialogue. He said President Robert Henry contacted him when the initial “Muslim ban” was released.
“We met with every Muslim student here on campus about how that affected them,” Enchassi said. “It’s refreshing OCU thinks of the Muslim experience on and off campus.”
The conversation’s objective is to inform the public about the issues Muslims face.
Khader said she will discuss her personal experience and will participate in a Q&A discussion.
“It’s important for students to attend to further their knowledge on how fellow Muslim Stars might be feeling and ask any questions about things they’re curious about,” Khader said.