A political activist will speak on campus next week about American Muslim identity and experience.
Linda Sarsour, a minority and women’s rights activist widely known for her work as a co-organizer of the 2017 Women’s March, will give a talk hosted by the OU Muslim Student Association and the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The event will take place Feb. 28 at Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. Registration will begin at 6 p.m., and the talk will begin at 7 p.m., according to the Facebook event.
Natasha Saya, human relations senior, served as president of the OU Muslim Student Association last school year and is currently the Community Outreach Fellow for the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“As she is a Muslim woman as well,” Saya said of speaker Linda Sarsour in an email, “we thought it would be nice to have her come talk about Muslim identity to help those Muslim students embrace it confidently and unapologetically.”
Saya said Sarsour’s talk will additionally help “non-Muslim students and persons to understand the struggle of being Muslim and also to bring awareness to our religion of Islam.”
The event is one of many that will be held on campus as a part of OU Muslim Student Association’s Islam Awareness Week.
OU students, staff and faculty can attend the event for free, while others can attend for $20. All interested in going must register in advance online.