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MuslimARC’s diverse team has led interactive workshops and trainings both on the ground and online for the general public. We can tailor our webinars and self-paced online courses to the needs and goals of a range of organizations from formats that include short discussion sessions, a series, to longer weekend retreats. Our online presentations include keynotes, panel discussions, presentations, facilitated group discussions, and interactive webinars.
Currently, we are only taking requests for online events. Please fill out the form here to request a speaker/workshop facilitator from MuslimARC. We recommend requesting a booking 2-3 months in advance. Please allow up to 10 business days for our team to respond. Have questions? Email us at [email protected]
You can view our current facilitators below.
Choose from one of the following tracks for your event:
Note: There is a participant size limit per workshop. Workshops that have over 30 participants will require an additional facilitator.
MuslimARC offers six modules in the “Racial Identity Series” which explores the development of racialized communities to explore themes of racial formation, internalized racism, and intercultural conflict. Utilizing a mix of short informative presentations, and workshop exercises that include dialogue, storytelling, and art, each interactive session provides an introductory level workshop exploring how to uproot racism and foster multi-racial alliances.
Audience: community groups (Take On Hate, Religious groups, youth programs, retreats, Minidoka pilgrimage)
Participants will begin to understand systematic racism and bigotry in the context of critical race theory and human rights law, and learn skills to begin countering racism and engaging in deeper, more genuine solidarity work.
Narrative and oppression
Drawing on theories of racial formation and racial identity development for people of color and white people. Through storytelling, participants will share their stories and family histories to explore racial identity and how systemic oppression has affected them. Through dialogue, participants will develop strategies for addressing the common root of their shared oppression.
Identity, Privileges, and Self-Awareness
Drawing on discussion, group activities, and self-reflection, this workshop will help participants explore their social identities to consider how they intersect with race. They will consider the ways in which privilege or oppression have shaped who they are and develop ways to challenge values assigned to race.
Colorism - internalized oppression & intra-community issues
With an aim of providing a healing and forward-looking space, this workshop will explore the powerful ways in which colorism has affected communities of color and look to ways in which we can heal from the psychological harm. Through dialogue and discussion, participants will outline the ways that this has shown up in interpersonal and intra-community issues. Participants will then develop strategies to consider ways to uproot the negative message.
Overcoming Implicit Bias and Microaggressions
Contrary to what we assume, much of interpersonal racism is unintentional. This workshop aims to explore implicit bias and how it can affect our everyday choices, as well as microaggressions and why they matter. Through exercises and follow up work, participants will develop long term strategies to interrupt harmful and oppressive behaviors.
Compassionate Intercultural Communication
Building multiracial coalitions and community organizing can be exhausting work and there will often be times when community members disagree or make mistakes such as perpetuating microaggressions or overstep boundaries. This workshop aims to help us become better allies by providing tips and tools for compassionate communication, such as utilizing non-violent communication, to address a grievance or apologize for a blunder, conflict resolution, and calling in someone who has done something harmful.
Anti-Racism Competencies is a leadership development program that aims to bring about racial equity in social change work. MuslimARC has incorporated the latest research on anti-racism and best practices in cultural competency from the fields of education and social work - and insights from five years of training in predominantly People of Color spaces - to provide a results-based training. We will explore various forms of social identities for an intersectional approach. In these workshops, MuslimARC trainers will lead participants through interactive activities that will increase awareness and skills for anti-racism competencies.
Audience: nonprofit and social change leaders (Rise Together Fund, CUNY, Community Organizers, Faculty training, Educators, Law School students and faculty), public and private schools( Early Education to Adult Education.)
Module 1: Anti-Racism and SELF-ASSESSMENT
- Discover historical and continuous social impact of racism on people, communities, and organizations
- Explore the impact of social identities, privileges, and intersectionalities on social change work
Module 2: LEARNING the Anti-Racism Competency framework
- Revisit the social impact of racism and its manifestations in organizations
- Identify and apply anti-racism competencies to develop healthy work cultures
Module 3: Allyship and ACCOUNTABILITY
- Understand allyship with accountability as a key anti-racism competency
- Illustrate how social identities shape our responses to intercultural conflict
- Implement compassionate communication
Module 4: Towards INSTITUTIONALIZATION
- Revisit anti-racism competencies to develop healthy work cultures and systems change
- Design strategies to incorporate ARCompetency frameworks in your organizational culture
We must approach anti-Muslim bias not just as religious tolerance or security rights issues, but as a racial justice issue that requires systems change approach. MuslimARC offers a full-day workshop composed of four modules from MuslimARC’s Critical Anti-Islamophobia track, a workshop series that empowers participants to recognize the systemic roots of anti-Muslim discrimination and their effects in popular culture, education, civil discourse, and government policy. Through presentations and interactive activities, participants will identify and connect examples of Islamophobia in global and domestic contexts.
Audience: nonprofit and social change leaders (Law Students, Philanthropy, nonprofit leaders, community, educators, groups)
SELF ASSESSMENT: Exploring our Identities and Understanding
- Participants explore their identity formation
- Participants will explore their own understanding of Islamophobia, systemic oppression and the narratives that they have internalized
LEARNING: What Is Islamomophobia?
- How does white supremacy shape Islamophobia? Three prongs of white supremacy
- Interpersonal and structural discrimination
ACCOUNTABILITY: How does Islamophobia show up in our work?
- Case studies: How does internalized racism and Islamophobia show up in our relationships, strategies, and priorities?
- Charting possible interventions and outcomes
INSTITUTIONALIZATION: Towards critical anti-Islamophobia
- Overview of Soft Islamophobia
- Strategic brainstorming and commitments
As a media based anti-racism education organization, MuslimARC has connected anti-racism leaders, sustained conversations about anti-racism, and help shift the ways in which popular culture and media talk about American Muslims. As we center the voices of those impacted by multiple oppressions, we aim for a systems change approach in all levels of storytelling, supporting the leadership development of creatives, consulting institutions in making their spaces more equitable, and connecting social change and entertainment to advance racial equity. This curriculum track is aimed at narrative change and providing creatives with a systems change analysis with practical steps to become leaders who advance racial justice through their storytelling.
Audience: Media, Entertainment, and popular culture (Screenwriters, directors, authors, filmmakers, narrative change field creatives)
SELF ASSESSMENT: Narratives We’ve internalized
- Explore the narratives that shape our identity formation, the impact of storytelling, and the stories we tell about self and others
- Participants will explore their own understanding of racism, Islamophobia, systemic oppression, and privileges/disadvantages
LEARNING: White Dominant Culture and Anti-Racism Competency
- Explore social identities and reflect on aspects of white dominant culture in narrative change work
- Examine the interplay between dominant narratives, decision making, and impact upon targeted communities
ACCOUNTABILITY: Intercultural Conflict and Community Partnerships
- Build frameworks and practices that interrupt harmful narratives and mitigate privilege in narrative work
- Through case studies build skills for addressing a grievance and redressing harm
INSTITUTIONALIZATION: Planning for Systems Change
- Moving beyond interpersonal anti-oppression, develop a systems change analysis
- Strategic brainstorming to identity a strategic area of systems change for creatives or using narrative work to build power in impacted communities.
Do you need a customized series of workshops for your organization, student group, youth, or trainers? MuslimARC has provided trainings on specific topics, merged workshops from different tracks to fit within an allotted time, and trained trainers on our specific anti-racism material.
We have material on a variety of subjects and expert facilitators who have worked to customize workshops for participants. Request a tailored training that combines elements from different tracks or that focuses on training specific types of audiences.
Speakers & Trainers
Margari Hill is the co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a human rights education organization and co-founding co-director of the Black Muslim COVID Coalition. She is also a freelance writer published in How We Fight White Supremacy (2018) Time, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera English. She has six years full-time experience working full-time in community organizations and over 15 years as an educator in various capacities including instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, and online learning, as well as graduate research assistant and teaching fellow in Middle Eastern, African, and Islamic history. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. Her research includes transformations in Islamic education, colonial surveillance in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, interethnic relations in Muslim communities, and the criminalization of Black Muslims. She is on the Advisory Council of Islam, Social Justice & Interreligious Engagement Program at the Union Theological Seminary and winner of MPAC’s 2015 Change Maker Award, 2016, Big Heart Award in 2017, and Khadija bint Khuwaylid Relief Foundation Lifetime Humanitarian award in 2019. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.
Namira Islam Anani is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), an organization which provides racial justice education and training. Namira previously practiced in poverty law in Flint, Michigan; worked in prisoners’ rights litigation; and interned in international criminal law and war crimes for the United Nations in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her legal background includes research on racism, global education standards, and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. Namira has delivered lectures and workshops on diversity, community, and justice across the United States. She has written for multiple publications and provided commentary and analysis on identity, current events, and social justice narratives for radio shows, documentary films, and other media worldwide. Namira was born in Detroit, Michigan to Bangladeshi parents and currently resides in Metro Detroit. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the Michigan State University College of Law. She tweets @namirari.
In her 28 years in education, Kenyatta Bakeer has been a teacher, director, principal, owner of a child care, professor, and consultant to Early Childhood Education centers. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a BA degree in Child Development and a MA in Early Childhood Education. She has helped open several schools including her own Preschool, she helped open Islah Academy, a Muslim school that serves South Central LA. She helped open a Charter school in South Central LA, that is housed at Bilal Islamic's campus. She is an Adjunct Child Development Professor for the Los Angeles Community College District and Senior Trainer and Research Fellow for Muslim Anti Racism Collaborative. Her favorite children's book is, "Where the Wild Things are". In her free time, she loves to hike at the beach and parks. She practices yoga and meditation practices. She is considered the Self Care Guru among her family and friends.