Answering Difficult Questions About Islam and Muslims At the MYNA Convention; 7/14/11



“Why do you put your feet in the sink?”
“Why do you wear that rag on your head?”
“Who is Muhammad anyway?”
“Does your dad beat your mom?”
“Why does your religion make you starve for a whole month?”

Sometimes these questions are asked with genuine interest, but often the questioner has deep-seated stereotypes perpetuated by the media.  The best way to help people understand Muslims and their faith is to educate them in a manner that will help them understand the truth behind common misconceptions. This session will help us do just that.  The speakers will share guidelines and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Islam and Muslims.


Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director
Ameena Jandali, ING Content Director

Answering Difficult Questions About Islam and Muslims
Saturday, July 2, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Rooms 21 & 22, Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

Bullying Prevention: Workshop for Youth 
At the MYNA Convention
Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bullying is a significant problem, and you have an important role to play in reversing it!


This session is geared towards youth. “Terrorist.” “Towel Head.” “Camel Jockey.” Since September 11th, words like these have become commonplace and have isolated countless Muslim youth. Have you been harassed or seen other Muslims being harassed at school? This workshop will give you the tools and resources you need to stand up and become leaders against harassment and bullying in your school. A discussion with youth & civil rights experts in this field will equip you with skills to start a bullying prevention program in your school and instill you with the knowledge, and ability to make a difference!

What You Can Expect To Take Away From This Session

• Do you want to improve the atmosphere in your school?
• Do you want to create positive change in your school and community?
• Do you want to mentor younger children to take a stand against bullying?

This workshop will give you practical tips from youth leaders like yourselves, tools and methods to reversing bullying in your schools and communities, and a ‘how to’ toolkit for doing so.


Leticia C. Soto, Senior Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Jennifer Morrison, Youth Mentor with Project Change
Sydney Sundell, Youth Mentor with Project Change
Robyn Glass, Project Change Executive Director

Bullying Prevention: Workshop For Youth
Sunday, July 3, 2011
10:00 – 11:30 am
Room 23, Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, IL