Remembering the Christchurch Mosque Shootings

Image Source: BBC News

March 15 marks the second year since 50 people were killed in a terrorist shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. When hateful events like these happen, it does not only disrupt the lives of the Muslim community and those living in New Zealand. As global citizens, the effects ripples through all communities affecting us, and in particularly our Muslim students, faculty and staff on campus and in the greater Fairfax Community. 

We celebrate and remember the lives of -  

Abdukadir Elmi
Abdul Fattah Qasem
Ahmed Abdel Ghani
Ali Elmadani
Amjad Hamid
Ansi Alibava
Ashraf Ali
Ashraf Al-Masri
Ashraf Morsi
Asif Vora
Atta Elayyan
Daoud Nabi
Farhaj Ahsan
Ghulam Husain
Hafiz Musa Vali Patel
Hamza Mustafa
Haroon Mehmood 

Hosne Ahmed
Hussain al-Umari
Hussein Moustafa
Junaid Kara/Ismail
Kamel Mohamad Kamel Darweesh
Karam Bibi
Khaled Mustafa
Linda Armstrong
Maheboob Khokhar
Matiullah Safi
Mohammed Imran Khan
Omar Faruk
Mohsen Mohammed Al Harbi
Mojammel Hoq
Mounir Suleiman
Mucad Ibrahim
Lilik Abdul Hamid 

Abdus Samad
Musa Nur Awale
Naeem Rashid
Osama Adnan Abu Kweik
Ozair Kadir
Ramiz Vora
Sayyad Milne
Sohail Shahid
Syed Areeb Ahmed
Syed Jahandad Ali
Talha Rashid
Tariq Omar
Zakaria Bhuiya
Zeeshan Raza
Muhammad Haziq bin Mohd Tarmizi
Mohamad Moosi Mohamedhosen
Zekeriya Tuyan 

Recalling these types of incidents affect individuals in our community on different levels and in different ways. If you find it difficult to process your memories around this event, please seek out positive ways to honor your personal needs and well-being. Please utilize the resources listed without hesitation:

With thoughts of peace,

Hamal Strayhorn
Director | Coalition Building and Diversity Education

The 2020 Election and Bias

This Presidential Election brought with it some divisive and damaging rhetoric. As a result, some individuals have engaged in maladaptive acts of violence and words of bias. It is important that we remind our Patriot family that any acts of bias or violence directed toward anyone or group will not be tolerated in our community. Inherent in our commitment to be a universal campus is the understanding and expectation that all members of our community feel included, respected, and safe.

To report and learn more about acts of bias, visit the Mason Campus Climate webpage:

We urge anyone who has experienced bias or a hate crime to report the incident and give the university an opportunity to respond.


Hamal D. Strayhorn, M.Div.,
Director| Coalition Building and Diversity Education
Pronouns: He, Him, His

CBDE 12 Day Diversity Challenge

Join in on our 12 Day Diversity Challenge to learn more about various diversity issues around the world. Follow us on Instagram to follow along!

Day 1: Diwali
Faith traditions are important, learn more about the Hindu Tradition of Diwali.

Day 2: The Baha’i Faith
Learn more about the Baha’i by learning about the ascension of Abdu’l-baha. Let us know what you learned!

Day 3: Men’s Mental Health
November is men’s month. Let’s learn how to break the stigma of mental health among men. Comment on our instagram post on how you will work to break the stigma!

Day 4: Alabama School Segregation
Alabamians Voted to keep school segregation in state constitution in 2004. Learn more about this vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Day 5: Anti-Racism
“I’m not racist!” But is it enough just not to be or seen as racist. Let’s find out how we can work be anti-racist.

Day 6: Performative Allyship
Are you performing? Watch this video and read this article to learn about performative ally ship and how to be a true accomplice in social justice reform.

Day 7: Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance, also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, has been observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. How will you remember their lives?

Day 8: Story of Privilege
Hear the joy of how someone used their privilege’s to improve the life of another. How have you used your privilege’s or how someone used their privilege to benefit you. Let us know in the comments!

Day 9: Eid Milad-un-Nabi
Click here to learn the rich history behind this Muslim holiday. Let us know what you know in the comments!

Day 10: Native American History Month
November is Native American History Month–a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Check out the video to learn more.

Day 11: Two-Spirit
Learn more about this Native American Identity. How do you appreciate and honor this identity?

Day 12: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has been seen as a festive holiday, let’s view it from the other side. Let us know your thoughts below!