The Lighting of the Quad ceremony will be held Dec. 5 on Hearn Plaza from 7 to 8 p.m.
Vice President Penny Rue and Chaplain Tim Auman will participate in the event, as well as representatives of the student-run Jewish organization Hillel and the Winston-Salem organization Potter’s House FRC (family resource center).
Campus a cappella groups and the Wake Forest Gospel Choir will perform.
The event is sponsored by the Student Union, the Office of the President, and the Student Activity Fee.
Naijla R. Faizi has joined the Office of the Chaplain as director of Muslim life programming. A Wake Forest graduate, she succeeds Imam Khalid Griggs, an associate chaplain who served the University’s Muslim community for 17 years.
At Wake Forest, Faizi will provide support for Muslim students, faculty and staff. She will coordinate religious services, holy days and educational events, and supervise the Muslim Students Association.
“As a Muslim alumna of Wake Forest, I experienced the challenges of being a hypervisible Muslim woman on campus who was simultaneously rendered invisible by the public discourse on Islam which often prevented my fellow peers from engaging with me directly,” Faizi said. “It was the support of Imam Griggs, allied faculty and staff, and my friends in the Muslim Student Association who ultimately helped me grapple with these challenges and develop a sense of belonging. Now, as the director of Muslim life programming, I hope to cultivate safe spaces at Wake Forest for Muslim students, faculty, and staff to engage intellectually with Islam, express a diversity of personal identities, and build a vibrant campus community. “
At Wake Forest in 2014, Faizi received a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies with minors in international studies and Middle East and South Asia studies. She also studied at the University of Jordan in Amman, where she took courses in Arabic and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
As a student, she served as president of Wake Forest’s Muslim Student Association. Faizi was involved in organizing more than 30 campus-wide events focusing on faith-based issues in the media, Islamophobia and diversity within Islam. Some of her other efforts included collaborating with the University’s Admissions Office to boost Muslim enrollment and establishing relationships with leaders from other campus religious organizations to develop ongoing service projects.
Since graduation, her work experience has included stints with the Asian American LEAD organization in Washington, D.C., and the AmeriCorps VISTA for Education program in North Carolina.
She succeeds Imam Khalid Griggs, who has become well known on the campus community as a member of the staff led by Chaplain Tim Auman. Griggs, who is the Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, recently decided to change his relationship with Wake Forest because of his new role as vice president of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Auman said that Griggs will continue informally as an advisor to the Office of the Chaplain.
An event will be held in the fall semester to express the University community’s gratitude for Griggs’ extensive service on campus.
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The Office of the Chaplain recently hosted a panel discussion, “Islamophobia: The Anatomy of Difference,” aimed at creating greater interfaith understanding.
The March 2 event was held in Wait Chapel and attended by faculty, staff, students and community members.
“We want people to practice deep listening, to hear personal stories about what it means to be Muslim and what Islamophobia looks like in people’s everyday lives with the goal of opening the door for relationships that include our differences – even the subtle and the most difficult ones,” said Chaplain Tim Auman, who planned the event. In his introduction, Auman encouraged talking “constructively and compassionately about difference.”
The following is an open letter to the Wake Forest community from Imam Khalid Griggs, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life:
It is with heartfelt emotion that I express my genuine appreciation for the overwhelming expressions of support that I have received in the aftermath of the unconscionable act directed at me, and by default, Muslim Life at Wake Forest University. The student initiated flower and card campaign has led to literally dozens of flowers, plant arrangements, and cards being delivered to my office door by students, faculty, staff, food service workers, campus police, and campus administrators. These deliveries often cause my eyes to water, especially when students, heretofore unknown to me, hand me cards or flowers while tearfully articulating their sorrow and regret that such an incident had occurred. Frequently, an entire departmental staff has brought me tidings of support.
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Did you know, the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund (CEF) regularly assists members of the Wake Forest community (faculty, staff and students) who find themselves in urgent need for food, shelter or public services.
Individuals receive limited financial assistance for essential expenses due to temporary hardship or an emergency situation. Those needing additional resources are then connected to community partners.
Recently, the CEF has experienced a decrease in available funds. Donations will allow the fund to continue to assist our community, and further the spirit of Pro Humanitate to those in need right on our campus.
For those looking for a holiday gift to recognize a colleague, student, friend or loved one, donations may be made in any amount. The honoree will receive a note indicating the gift-giver’s name and contact information.
Holiday donations can be made online at WakeWill: The Campaign for Wake Forest.
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