[Sept. 27, 2016] SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – Silicon Valley has officially kicked off their first Diversity Series forum today with Moina Shaiq, a community activist and resident in Fremont.
The “Meet a Muslim” event took place at Silicon Valley FACES’ headquarters with community residents and leaders from the nonprofit world in attendance. The event aimed to eliminate bias and prejudice, provide the community with an open and safe environment for thoughts and discussions to flow freely, and strengthen relationships among ethnic groups.
“People only see the negative things in the media and news and hardly ever hear anything positive of Muslims in the community,” Moina Shaiq said. “I wanted to highlight some of the good so people can see that Muslims are contributing and are human and to boost the morale of the Muslim community.”
At the event, residents shared their questions about the religion, practices, ISIS, treatment of women, terrorism, Sharia law, etc. Moina was very open and welcoming, and gave her thoughts from her own personal experience and perspective.
“I am a Muslim woman, and I am no stranger to prejudice, which is why this opportunity means so much to me personally,” said Samina Masood, Silicon Valley FACES’ new Executive Director. “We are honored to have Moina partner with us, and we hope the Diversity Series forums will allow us all to have open conversations that can bring our community together, closer than ever.”
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