MEET A MUSLIM
There are many Muslims (native or foreign born) who attend this campus or live in our community. You can locate them in many places such as:
Jack Brown Hall (studying business/computer science), or around the College of Education (getting an M.A. in a subfield of education) or around the College of Natural Science studying fields such as Public Health/Nursing, or close to the Yasuda Center Building (this last group is usually made up of foreign students who attend our campus to learn English before they get admitted to pursue a degree).
Your other option is to meet Muslims off campus who lives in the Inland Empire.
(Attention, if YOU are a Muslim student taking this class, then, do the same assignment BUT choose a person from another faith tradition or interview someone who is not affiliated with any particular faith).
As you meet the person you are interviewing, answer the following questions:
1-What is his/her background (name, age, profession, origins)? Is he/she a recent immigrant, the son/daughter of an immigrant, are his/her parents natives to the U.S., or is he/she a convert to Islam? (200) words – 2 points)
2-How does he/she go about practicing his/her religion in the U.S.? Is it easy? challenging? unique in any particular way? (200 words – 2 points)
3-What are his/her aspirations? In YOUR opinion, are they any different from those who are Americans of different faiths or those who don’t affiliate themselves with any particular faith? (200 words – 2 points)
4-What are his/her greatest fears? Does he/she worry about the political climate in the U.S.? (200 words – 2 points)
5-Has that person faced any religious or ethnic based discrimination or bullying? If so, how did he/she deal with them? If not him/or her, does he/she know any of his/her Muslim friends who experienced discrimination or bullying? What was the nature of the bullying/discrimination? (200 words – 2 points)
6-If he/she or one of his/her family/friends had faced religious discrimination, has he/she ever reported it to a-his/her family, b-to his administrators (at school or work place) and/or c-official authority (police, FBI, civil rights group, etc.) If yes, how did he/she go about it. If not, why didn’t he/she report the incident? (200 words – 2 points)
7-What did you learn from this interview? Did it affect you in any way? Is there any reflection you would share? (200 words – 3 points)
Occasionally, you may find that you couldn’t answer a particular question in more than 100-150 word. If this happens, it is not a problem, just expand your answer in another question, however, your TOTAL paper should be around 1,400 words. Please write the total number of words at the top of your paper. If you choose to include the questions in your paper, please don’t add them to the total word count.
Occasionally, you may end up interviewing someone who not 18 years old. If that is the case, please make sure to receive his/her parents/guardian’s consent to the interview first.