Dulwich Centre Foundation, in partnership with the ICV – Islamic Council of Victoria, Australia, are conducting a project with university students on Islamophobia.
This project will enable Muslim students from across universities in Melbourne to share their experiences and responses to all forms of Islamophobia so as to create a resource to assist other students. There will be two parts:
Sharing stories between Muslim students
In this part of the project Muslim students will have a chance to speak together about the ways they are trying to respond to Islamophobia when they face it and how they try to support each other in these situations.
With permission, these stories and ideas will be turned into a draft collective document. No names will be used and all contributors will be able to give feedback on the draft before it is finalised. Once it is finalised, this document will be shared with students of other universities.
The aim is to provide ideas, support, care and inspiration between Muslim students. This document will also be shared with non-Muslim students in part two.
Sharing stories with and between non-Muslim students
The Muslim students involved in part one will be asked about any non-Muslim students/friends whom they know also care about Islamophobia and other forms of hostility. These non-Muslims will make up a second group.
The collective document from Part One will be shared with this second non-Muslim group. This second group will then be invited to share their stories of how they are trying to prevent Islamophobia and/or other forms of hostility. These stories will be turned into a second collective document which will then be used to encourage others – Muslim and non-Muslim.
The resources created from this project will be shared internationally in
various places where other Muslims having experienced Islamophobia.
The organisations are looking for 24 students across all universities, with 18 being Muslim and six non-Muslim, between the ages of 18 to 24, with a 50:50 gender balance.
There will be four groups of six interviewees each with two 90-minute sessions, all of which are to be strictly confidential and anonymous. Interviews will take place between mid-to-late June at the ICV Spencer St HQ.
This project will be organised by Dulwich Centre Foundation and facilitated by Dr Mehmet Dinc. Express an interest to participate via email admin at icv.org.au by 31 May 2019.
Read about previous projects by the foundation