Muslim Employee Community Network
Who we are
The Ryerson Muslim Employee Community Network is a group of Ryerson University employees who identify as Muslim, working together to foster an environment of mutual respect and awareness.
What we do
Through our community networking, we provide an organized support system to members of the Muslim community. Our goal is to support employees 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
Sign up for future communications and events
Support for Muslims on campus
The Muslim Employee Community Network has prepared a list of resources and supports you can turn to if you have faced Islamophobia on campus.
As part of the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI), Human Rights Services can:
- provide advice and coaching on responding to Islamophobia on campus
- guide you through the process to report an incident or make a complaint related to Islamophobia
If you are not sure who to contact, you are welcome to contact the co-chairs.
The Muslim community at Ryerson has been contributing to the campus in various ways. Explore these resources:
In this two-part series, learn about the challenges and issues facing Muslims with Jasmine Zine (professor of sociology and Muslim studies at Wilfrid Laurier) and Sakeena Mihar (former co-chair of the Muslim Employee Community Network):
The CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie television program, external link is a sitcom about a Muslim community living in Saskatchewan. The show was created by Ryerson University journalism graduate Zarqa Nawaz.
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, external link is a photo-based 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.
Co-founded by Ryerson community members, Savyn, external link is a digital mental health platform, simulating post traumatic stress disorder therapies clinically proven to be effective treatments for managing panic attacks, triggers and other symptoms of trauma.