AMPAC Women and Islamophobia Panel 2
Date(s) - 08/16/2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Edmonton Public Library
Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council
The second AMPAC Women and Islamophobia panel is meant to center voices typically unheard. Our incredibly talented and brilliant panelists will come share their insights on being Muslim women, their social positionality in the age of Islamophobia and, most notably, mental health in the Muslim community.
Ubah Mohamoud holds a BSc in psychology and religious studies from the University of Alberta and is currently in the final stages of completing a masters specializing in spiritually-integrative psychotherapy. Through her graduate research, Ubah has created a comprehensive multicultural competency training workshop for mental health professionals working with Muslims, of which she hopes to deliver in the near future. Ubah serves her community through speaking at events and hosting workshop/sharing circles dedicated to mental health advocacy and psycho-education, particularly for those from diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds. Ubah currently sits on the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Youth Advisory Council where she advocates for mental health policy awareness and change for youth across the nation.
Muna Abougoush,VP Public Policy of AMPAC, is an advocate and a community organizer. She earned a degree in Philosophy from the University of Alberta where she was involved in a number of human rights groups that championed international causes. Muna’s experiences in the non-profit sector include crisis intervention, case management for women and children fleeing domestic violence, and advocacy for refugees.
Salima Versi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religion and a Master’s degree in Religion and Modernity from Queen’s University, and is currently a PhD Candidate in the University of Alberta’s Religious Studies Program. Her general focus is Islamic studies, but her research more specifically examines contemporary Nizari Isma’ilism, particularly in Canada. She also holds a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Added to these professional qualification is a commitment social justice and community service. Though she is not currently practicing psychology, she is remains actively engaged in mental health work and activism. Within her own Ismaili Muslim community, she is also an Alwaeza, which is a scholar, preacher, and spiritual care giver. She is heavily involved the community at the University of Alberta, her own Ismaili community, and the broader Muslim ummah. She is a board member for various interfaith, Muslim, and feminist organizations and actively participates in a variety of projects and discussions related to Islam, religion, feminism, social justice, and mental health.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Winnie Tran
accepted Islam in 2007. She is a mother of two who holds a Psychology Degree from MacEwan University and is now employed by the Government of Alberta. Winnie
has always loved to spend her time giving back to the community. Early in her career, she offered Outreach support services to Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA) in their Fostering Healthy Families program. Winnie
is also a key person in establishing the Edmonton chapter for AlMaghrib Institute, a worldwide Islamic University, since 2008. AlMaghrib is now the leading Institute teaching premier Islamic education in the West with the largest on-site student body. Outside of raising her two beautiful daughters and traveling to entertain her love for culture and religion, Winnie
loves a great cup of tea and thought provoking conversation.
This panel will be moderated by Nakita Valerio. Nakita is an award-winning writer, academic and advocate. She recently finished Islamic-Jewish graduate studies in History at the University of Alberta and a research fellowship on the subjects of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism with the Tessellate Institute. In addition to AMPAC, Nakita also serves her community through the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion & Public Life and the Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership Executive Board.