Muslim Students Association


As Salamu Alaikum Everyone!

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you all had a great time! We've only got a little more time left before Summer and MSA has a lot of great events coming up! Be sure to take a break from studying and come to our events!

Islamic Reminder

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MSA Events

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Thursday, March 17th, 7-9pm

Calhoun 109

Join us at our March GBM as we co-host a discussion with the South Asian Cultural Exchange! The theme of the discussion will be " A Case of Mistaken Identities: Generalized Islamophobia." The discussion will be moderated by guest speaker, Ms. Zulfat Suara, who is one of the most outspoken figures against Islamophobia in TN and the current chair of the American Muslim Advisory Council. The dialogue will be centered on sharing personal experiences and opinions about those who don't idenfity as Muslim, but are still typecasted as "potential terrorists." Individuals of South Asian descent, in particular, are some of the most common victims of this phenomenon. Whether you have your own experiences to share or want to listen and join the discussion, we'd love for you to come! Pizza will be served as well! For more info and to RSVP, check out our Facebook page:
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International Lens: Wadja

Wednesday, March 16th, 7:30pm

Sarratt Cinema

International Lens uses film screenings as a forum to promote conversation among Vanderbilt's diverse community. For this series, we are partnering with the Margaret Cunningham Women's Center to present the film Wadjda (Saudi Arabia/Germany 2012). The discussion will be moderated by our very own Farishtay Yamin as well as Hasina Mohyuddin, Ph.D. candidate in Community Research and Action.

Film Overview: An enterprising Saudi girl enters a Koran recitation competition at her school as a way to raise money to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. The first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director (Dir: Haifaa al-Mansour).Arabic with English subtitles. PG. 98 minutes. Blu-ray.

Project Cure

Saturday, March 19th, 9am-12pm


Join us for our March service project as we help sort medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E, which builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare to their communities. Volunteers are required to wear closed toed shoes and must register before hand following the instructions provided on the our Facebook page. We will meet at 8:30 AM at the Kissam Center (near the munchy mart area) to walk there together. Please arrive on time!

Please sign up on the following google doc (Project CURE Sign Up) and register following the instructions on FB:
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Community Events

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General Caucus

Thursday, March 17th, 5pm

Sarratt Cinema

The General Caucus is a brand new intiative in which 13 cultural organizations are working together to facilitate a real discussion with the VSG presidential candidates about issues that are important to our communities. Together, we can change the face of VSG politics and demand that it become more inclusive. We can't do this without you. This event will provide you all with an opportunity to ENGAGE with the VSG presidential candidates, DELIBERATE with the other members of the Caucus, and REACT to the candidates' platforms in the Caucus Exit Poll. This is a great opportunity for Muslim students on campus to express their needs to VSG and ensure that our concerns are voiced.

Facebook page:
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Refugee Awareness Week

Monday, March 21st, 7pm to Saturday, March 26th, 9am

2201 West End Avenue

Nashville, TN

Stand together in solidarity with Nashville’s refugee population! This week of events will partner with local organizations and international community members to raise awareness, to show support, and to demonstrate opposition to Tennessee state government’s aggressive anti-refugee legislation. Hear experts and those deeply impacted by the global refugee crisis speak, participate in intercultural and interfaith dialogues, and learn about opportunities to stay involved in Nashville’s diverse community and to move from awareness to action! More details about nightly events, weeklong resettlement highlights and a weekend day of service can be found on the #VandyRAW16
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Empower Vanderbilt: A Mental Health Workshop

Saturday, March 19th, 12:30pm

Kissam 210C

The Asian American Students Association will be hosting the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association to facilitate a series of workshops to raise awareness around mental health issues of API students and to equip all students with the skills to better handle situations of crisis. Both informative and interactive in nature, this event hopes to encourage students to talk about their concerns in a safe and healthy environment.

All are encouraged to attend, and lunch will be served!

The facilitators from NAAPIMHA are JR Kuo Dr. DJ Ida. Both are trained professionals and have taught classes and facilitated similar workshops across the country. For more information, here is NAAPIMHA's website:
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IMPACT Symposium

Please join us for the 2016 IMPACT Symposium, taking place March 21-23 at Vanderbilt University.

"The Struggle for Success: Is America Dreaming?"
A Dialogue on the Future of the American Dream

AZAR NAFISI (Bestselling Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) & BRITTANY PACKNETT (Black Lives Matter Activist & Executive Director, Teach For America St. Louis)
Monday, March 21st
7-8:15 PM
Student Life Center Ballroom

SPIKE LEE (Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker)
Tuesday, March 22nd
7-8 PM
Langford Auditorium

JOHN BOEHNER (Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 2011-2015)
Wednesday, March 23rd
6:30-7:30 PM
Langford Auditorium

Ticketing Information:
- FREE for VU students (limit one with ID)
- FREE for VU faculty and staff (limit two with ID)
- $5 for non-VU students
- $10 general admission

Tickets can be picked up at the Sarratt Box Office or purchased online at

We look forward to seeing you there!