Last Wednesday, Jan. 13, Union's Interfaith Youth Core led a program called "Hijabi for a Day." Female students who participated wore hijabs—fabric Muslim women tie around their heads to cover their hair—while male students wore buttons of support.
Leaders of Union's Interfaith Youth Core Jasmine Roth '14, Mark Khazanov '15, Fatima Hosain '15 and Sriya Bhumi '15 planned and executed the program. When explaining the rationale behind Hijabi for a Day, Khazanov explained, "Wearing a hijab is a very personal thing…but it's something to bring awareness to the community and say that not everyone's walking in your shoes." On Tuesday night, over 70 people gathered in Beuth to kick off Hijabi for a Day. A panel of Muslim students—Kendall Allen '13, Samihah Ahmed '15, Fatima Hossein '15, Nuzhat Chowdhury '16, Omneya Ghanem '16 and Sarah Kader '16—led an informational on the hijab and why Muslim women wear it.
All day on Wednesday, female participants wore their hijabs and collected memories and thoughts to be discussed later that night at the wrap-up discussion of Hijabi for a Day. Several Union students shared the day's experiences with one another.