BC students to Take on Hate in community discussion

Student-organized event to address growing tensions towards Middle Eastern students

The Bellevue College (BC) Arabic Culture Student Association and the BC Muslim Student Association will host a community forum Monday, Feb. 29 on the BC campus to discuss contemporary issues related to race and some of the general misconceptions Arab and Muslim Americans face today.

The forum will feature a panel of community leaders, an open mic for poetic expressions addressing discrimination, and discussions on how attendees can address issues of racial profiling and discrimination in their day-to-day lives.

Panel participants include Yoshiko Harden, BC’s Vice President of Diversity, Faisal Jaswal, BC’s assistant dean of student programs, Jasmin Samy from the Council for American Islamic Relations, Palestinian American spoken word artist Remi Kanazi, and poet and artist Rajaa Gharbi.

“We stand against all forms of hate and bigotry toward any group of people. As student organizations on campus we provide a safe space for cultural expression, diversity and inclusion,” said Orchideh Raisdani, chair of the Arabic Culture Student Association.  “We will celebrate the diversity, richness and contributions made by Arab and Muslim communities to our country.”

WHAT: BC student and community discussion featuring a panel of community leaders to address discrimination, racism and contemporary misconceptions of Arab and Muslim Americans.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 29 from 2 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Bellevue College cafeteria, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE.  Garage parking available.  Metro Transit route 271 stops on the BC campus.

COST: Free admission.  Forum is open to all interested students, faculty, staff, and community members.

MORE INFORMATION: Contact Orchideh Raisdanai at o.raisdanai@bellevuecollege.edu

Last Updated February 22, 2016