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Cultural Walk against Islamophobia and Racism

Friday, November 12, 2021
12:00 pm
University College (UC)

Cultural Walk against Islamophobia and Racism
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time: 12 noon
Location:  UC Hill
Cost: Free

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) student community advocates have planned a solidarity walk and event to combat and raise awareness of Islamophobia and racism in our community.

Schedule - Everyone is welcome!

There will be an ASL interpreter present at the event.

Speaker Line Up
The Walk will feature four speakers:
• Dr. Opiyo Oloya (Western’s Associate VP of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)
• Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best (Public Health Researcher)
• Sadaf Mehrabi (PhD Candidate for Civil and Environmental Engineering; co-chair EDI of the research/graduate sub-committee in the Faculty of Engineering)
• Zamir Fakirani (President of University Students’ Council at Western).

Volunteers Needed
If you'd like to volunteer to help with the event on the day i.e. distributing water to others, poster/sign-making, etc., please contact SOGS VP Advocacy, Yousuf Hasan (

Any help is much appreciated!
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Are students, profs., staff, admin, etc., all welcome to join?
Yes. The event is open to all.
2) Do I have to wear a mask outdoors?
Yes, for this event you need to wear a mask outdoors. Please also view Western Vaccine Policy.
3) Do I arrive at 12 noon or earlier?
It would be better to arrive earlier. There will be a poster/sign making session from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Try to arrive around this time so you don't miss the speeches as well.
4) The event is called Shalwar Kameez Walk: A Cultural walk against Islamophobia and Racism. Is it necessary to wear a Shalwar Kameez (loose trousers + long shirt or tunic)?
No. Please wear whatever works for you. If you are comfortable (and able) to wear clothing that represents your culture or religion, we encourage you to wear that clothing.

Yousuf Hasan

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