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Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network

Join us for October’s Islamic Heritage Month

October is designated as Islamic Heritage Month. Muslim faculty and staff network has planned events throughout the month, open to all Ryerson community with the exception of Healing Circle, which is a safe space for Muslims only.

Please sign up to the events listed below. We look forward to seeing you there.

Current/Upcoming Events:

What is the Canadian Muslim identity? A panel discussion

November 1 | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Room 317, 3rd floor, Centre for Urban Innovation, 44 Gerrard St. E

Everyone from the Ryerson community is invited to join the conversation on the Canadian-Muslim identity at our panel event for Islamic Heritage Month. Panelists will include:

  • Anver Saloojee, AVP Ryerson International
  • Amina Jamal, Professor of Sociology
  • Imam Yasin, chaplain at Ryerson
  • Student representative

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Ryerson Library Tabling

Until October 31| Ryerson Library

The library has curated books for Islamic Heritage Month on Muslim culture, history and faith which you can check out either online or at the table display by the library.


Past Events:

Healing circle for Muslims

October 16 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Room FCS-DCC-705, 7th floor, The Daphne Cockwell Centre, 288 Church St.

Hear from fellow Muslims on their experiences dealing with Islamophobia or discrimination, share your own stories if you’d like and have your voice heard in this safe space. Please feel free to bring your own lunch to this event.


Movie screening: Inside Islam - What a Billion Muslims Really Think

October 21 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Room LIB386, 3rd floor, Ryerson Library, 350 Victoria Street.

Everyone from the Ryerson community is invited to join The Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network at a special movie screening for Islamic Heritage Month. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Trailer: Inside Islam - What a Billion Muslims Really Think


This month's programming has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Olive Tree Foundation.

Support for Muslims on campus

If you’ve faced Islamophobia on campus and need support or would like to make a complaint please contact the following offices:

Pledge to act in solidarity against Islamophobia

Join the pledge to act in solidarity against Islamophobia by printing this postcard and displaying it in your office, communal workspaces and telling people about it.


Who we are

The Ryerson Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network is a group of Ryerson University employees who identify as Muslim, working to foster an environment of mutual respect and awareness.

What we do

Through networking, we provide an organized support system to members of the Muslim community. Our goal is to support faculty and staff who self-identify as Muslim by:

  • Consulting on and creating awareness around inequities facing Muslim community members
  • Providing a safe space to discuss issues
  • Holding events open to the wider Ryerson community
  • Connecting with other community networks on common and intersecting issues


The Muslim community at Ryerson has been contributing to the community in various ways. To learn more, here are some resources:

  • Islamophobia 101 podcast: This two-part Ryerson Today podcast discusses the challenges and issues facing Muslims with Jasmine Zine, professor of sociology and Muslim studies at Wilfrid Laurier, and Sakeena Mihar, co-chair of the Ryerson Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network.
  • Women and Islam continuing education course: The sociology department offers a degree credit course on Women and Islamthrough the Chang School (CSOC 885) that explores the position of women and gender relations in contemporary Muslim and North American Muslim communities.
  • Ryerson Library: Ryerson’s library has curated books for Islamic Heritage Month on Muslim culture, history and faith.
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies Centre: MENA is a research centre at Ryerson devoted to studying the culture, history, literature, politics and societies in the region of the Middle East and North Africa. Check out the MENA news and events page for upcoming events on campus focused on Islamic and Middle Eastern heritage.
  • The Sisters Project: The Sisters Project is a photographic series by Alia Youssef, a graduate student in Ryerson University’s master’s of fine arts in documentary media program. Youssef’s work combats negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing and creating space for Muslim women identities.

Muslim employee community network events


If you have any questions about the Ryerson Muslim Faculty and Staff Network, please contact one of the network co-chairs:

Sakeena Mihar, Web Content Strategist

Administration and Operations Communications

416-979-5000, ext. 3558

Sarah Bukhari, Administrative Coordinator

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Community Services

416-979-5000, ext. 4641