May 15 What does Islamophobia look like in Minnesota?

May 15th Schedule: Nevermind! Our schedule will be the same this month! Though the 15th is the first day or Remadan, the fasting begins on May 16th so refreshments will be at the normal time at 7pm. Apologies for the confusion.
7:00-7:30 Socializing and sharing of training and networking tools
7:30 - 8:45 Presentation and discussion on Islamophobia
8:45 - 9:00 Wrap up

Meeting location:
Freeman Commons Room (Mezzanine Level) University of MN West Bank
301- 19th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
PARKING: available in ramp across 19th Avenue   

May Meeting Topic: Islamophobia
What does Islamophobia look like in Minnesota?
How and where does it manifest and what are some effective ways to address it?

Guest Speaker: JAYLANI HUSSEIN, Executive Director, CAIR MN

Jaylani Hussein is currently the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). Hussein worked as the Community Liaison Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In 2013, he created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Hussein has presented on the Somali Culture to diverse public and private organizations across the US. He specializes in the areas of urban planning, community development, youth development (with over 8 years experience working in juvenile treatment centers for court adjudicated youth), legal and civil rights.

Hussein has been active with various community organizations in Minnesota, including the Islamic Cultural Center of Minnesota Board of Directors, Wilder Foundation Advisory Board, Muslim Youth of Minnesota Advisory Board, Islamic Resource Group Speakers Bureau, and ARAHA Board of Directors. He has traveled to the Horn of Africa twice on behalf of ARAHA, to open a regional field office and oversee large-scale humanitarian projects during the Somali Famine of 2011. Hussein received the 2015 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual "Visionary Leader” Award. Hussein appears regularly on Minnesota's local television and radio stations. He has also appeared on national and international outlets including ABC News, CNN, FOX BUSINESS, NPR, BBC among other outlets.

Hussein's family emigrated from Somalia to Minnesota in 1993 and he is trilingual (English, Somali, Arabic). Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.

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