Monday, October 6, 2008

The Indiana Muslim Community

"Voices and Visions: Understanding Islam and the Indiana Muslim Community: A Business Perspective” is the topic for a half-day workshop sponsored by the Indiana University Center for Global Change and the IU Center for International Business Education and Research.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 6 November in Rooms A and B on the fourth floor of the Campus Center at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis. Registration fee is $50.

Topics to be covered:
* Building cultural awareness and sensitivity amongst human resources professionals and managers
* Breaking down stereotypes about Islam
* Understanding the unique practices of Muslim employees – holidays, prayer and other worship practices, dress, food, personal space, charitable giving
* Creating and fostering an open, inclusive workplace (internal & with clients)
* Recruiting and retaining talent from the Muslim community

Speakers and panelists include: Prof. Kevin Jaques, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, IU; Sohaib Sultan, author of The Koran for Dummies; John Parrish-Sprowl, IUPUI; Shariq A. Siddiqui, J.D., Director, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Indianapolis.

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