Tarin Travels to Indiana for I Am Change Workshops

May 29, 2014

MPAC and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana put together an exciting weekend for the citizens of Indianapolis to get local Muslim community civically engaged. The weekend brought together over 100 community members from multiple mosques for two workshops conducted by MPAC’s Washington, DC, Office Director Haris Tarin.

The following day, MPAC and MAI put together a day-long conference which focused on how American Muslim youth can work towards self-empowerment through identity exploration and civic and political engagement. Congressman Andre Carson was the guest of honor and led a workshop on the legislative process for the young leaders.  

In the words of participant Aysha Ahmed, a junior at Indiana University:

"I left the workshop refreshed and genuinely excited and empowered to be involved in the community, in the Muslim community, the Indiana community, and the American community... As a first generation child of immigrant parents, I have constantly struggled to balance diverse and often conflicting identities.  In the pursuit of finding the answers of who I am and what I should do in my life, in addition to all the regular troubles teenagers have to face such as making good grades, finding a college, and balancing extracurricular, etc. I have tried to take on a wide array of causes and issues that I have also seen the Muslim community struggle with but I have always lacked some fundamental piece of connection and I finally found that piece I was looking for from the workshop.  This idea was echoed amongst all the students with the use of I Am Change.  I am so thankful for the I Am Change workshop and the team that put the event together because I got the chance to network with individuals and now friends from inside and outside Indiana and I can’t wait to get my hands in upcoming projects!  



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