Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Students Association of the University of California, Santa Cruz is dedicated to spreading truth and awareness about the real, peaceable message of Islam, and creating a safe and supportive environment for Muslims on campus ― as well as every person of goodwill ― to come together and connect.

Please check out their website http://ucscmsa.wixsite.com/home for more information.

 

CONTACT:

 


The Muslim Student Association SUA Representative for the 2017-2018 academic year is Fatima Mohammadi (fmohamma@ucsc.edu). 


Fall 2017 Report Back

December 8, 2017

Dear Parliamentarian Jane Loughboro,

Under my duties as the Muslim Student Association representative of the Student Union Assembly and Article III Section A of the SUA Constitution, I
present my 2017 Fall Quarter report and evaluation to the Assembly. I will outline all of my events, logistical planning, activities and constructive criticism, with areas of improvement in hopes of providing a detailed account in this month’s report.

Quarterly update on events:
- MSA kicked off the quarter by hosting its annual Ice Cream Social & Game Night on campus (10/14, completed).
- Held three general body meetings throughout the quarter to plan events and discuss goals as an organization (on 10/12, 10/26, and 11/30, completed).
- Weekly communal Friday prayers (10/6-present, in-progress).
- Partnered with CAIR-SFBA to host a bystander intervention training (11/2, completed).
- Hosted the event Cops & Falafel with UCPD (11/7, completed).
- Tabled at the quarry to spread awareness about Islam (11/7, completed).
- Held two Krispy Kreme Fundraisers on campus (11/8 & 12/6, completed).
- Preparing to send 29 students from UCSC MSA to attend the MSA West Conference taking place at UC Berkeley from February 9th-11th, 2018. MSA requested $2300 for the event from SUA on 11/21 and was fully funded by SUA on 11/28 (in-progress).

Fall Quarter review areas of improvements:
- I feel that there needs to be more effort put in to make SUA a space that is welcoming and comfortable. As a student representative that is new to this space, throughout the quarter I have felt tension, discomfort, and hostility in every SUA meeting I have attended. This is not the type of environment that our student government should be fostering. I think one way this space can be improved is if the representatives and officers in the space checked in with each other more often and got to know each other better through means of a retreat or some kind of meaningful gathering. The formality of the meeting space makes it difficult to establish trust and understanding among SUA representatives. Thus, I feel it is important that we can take an opportunity to get to see each other beyond the meeting space and acknowledge each other as first and foremost human beings.

In conclusion, I provide this summary as my detailed report for Fall Quarter 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Respectfully,

Fatima Mohammadi
Muslim Student Association SUA Representative