Programs and Events

SWANA Heritage Series View



The Center for Intercultural Relations invites you to the inaugural Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) Heritage Series. We have an exciting series of events scheduled in April to celebrate the vibrant history, cultures, experiences, contributions, and resiliency of the SWANA community. All members of the SDSU community are invited to participate in our virtual events.

We want to give a special thank you to the student assistants in the CIR, Middle Eastern Student Union, Muslim Student Union, and Students for Justice in Palestine for your collaboration, leadership, and input on this series.


Dispel the Myth with the Middle Eastern Student Union

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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Description: We invite you to join us as we discuss the lived experiences of members of the SWANA communities. We will talk about stigmas and the importance of challenging stigmatized narratives. This event will feature guest speakers, Navid Zamani, M.S., LMFT, Lecturer, Counseling and School Psychology and Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, Ph.D. Director, Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. Attendees are encouraged to participate.


SWANA Activism

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

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Description: Join SWANA-Los Angeles (LA) and SWANA CSU Fullerton to learn about their organizations and activism within the southern California region. SWANA-LA seeks to create a bridge between college campuses and communities and serve as an organized base for cross-SWANA community issue-based campaigns. SWANA CSU Fullerton is a student organization advocating for representation and a SWANA resource center on campus.


Seeking Refuge: Supporting SWANA Refugees and Immigrants

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

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Description: Learn about services for SWANA refugees and immigrants in the broader San Diego area. Our panelists include the Madjal Center and the International Rescue Committee in San Diego. The Majdal Center is committed to uplifting the Arab community in San Diego through political engagement, advocacy, and cultural programming. The IRC in San Diego supports refugees and displaced peoples through economic wellbeing, education, health, empowerment, and safety. 


Tatreez Workshop (Palestinian Embroidery)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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Description: "Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is a centuries-old artistic tradition, passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea". Wafa Ghnaim, founder of Tatreez and Tea, will guide students through a beginner-level tatreez class.

SDSU Students who RSVP by April 11 receive free supplies.


Fighting Anti-Blackness in the Arab World

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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Description: Nareeman Dosa is Sudanese but was born in Saudi Arabia and lived across multiple countries in the Gulf region. Nareeman manages the Black Pearls section at Levantx magazine based in the United Kingdom. Black Pearls "amplifies the voices of African descended people in the North Africa, West, and South Asia region, through multimedia devices such as articles, webinars, podcasts, documentaries, films, and interviews".


Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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Description: Arabic Calligraphy is a major art form in Southwest Asian and North African regions. In this workshop, participants will learn about the history of Arabic calligraphy and how to spell their name in Arabic.

Ramadan Speaker Series View


Balancing Deen and Dunya with guest speaker Faraj Hasan

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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Description: Faraj Hasan is a non-traditional second-year dental student at Meharry Medical College. He is from Newark, New Jersey and has lived in Egypt for 10 years where he became fluent in Arabic. He also learned Quran. Through Quran and cooking, Faraj finds peace and connection with people. He uses his platform on TikTok and Instagram to involve and encourage others.


Islam and Intersectional Identity with guest speaker Sofia Haq

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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Description: Sofia Haq was born and raised in Southern California. Her father is from Lahore, Pakistan and her mother is from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Currently, she is the Head of Operations at Glory Skincare, Founder and CEO of Muslim Women Professionals, and Ambassador at the United State of Women.

Sofia lies at the intersectionality of multiple identities: Muslim, woman, Pakistani, and Mexican. She uses her unique identity to bring awareness to various issues including: diversity and inclusion, community development, islamophobia, and women empowerment. She has written for outlets like Forbes, was featured on multiple podcasts, and interviewed for various publications. She is a frequent panelist at events centered around female empowerment and diversity and inclusion. Her mission is to foster unity amongst Muslim women, bring awareness to the struggles of underrepresented communities, and create resources to help them thrive.

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