Part of the Problem: Rationalizing Aversion to Black Muslims

Native-born American Muslims

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos

nba-article-part-of-the-problem-2 Picture by Gregory Akinlotan – Pixabay

In the articleLet’s Talk About Colorblindness and Racism in The Mosque, Nzinga Muhammad outlines the dual forms of societal and intra-Muslim racism to which Black Muslims are subject and with which they must struggle in their daily lives. Muhammad describes common racist methods imposed upon Black Muslim bodies by their coreligionists in shared spaces:

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MSiA-LI: Midterm Mocktail Mixer

The Fall Semester midterm period can be a stressful time for the adult learner. It marks a point during the term where students must take time to assess where they are in their studies and how to make sure they don’t fall behind.  In addition to all the academic demands, students must find ways to fit studies into the numerous familial, communal, and professional celebrations marking the holiday season.

The MSiA Midterm Mocktail Mixer is an opportunity to join fellow ESC students, enjoy refreshments, and engage in discussions that will help you organize and better manage your time when there seems to be so little of it available.




Saturday 11/12/16 * 12 pm

SUNY Empire State College, Long Island

223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury, NY 11568

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SUNY Empire State College Events Page


If there are any MSiA members in the Hudson or Northeast areas there are events co-sponsored by MSiA you may be interested. The film screenings of “Daddy Don’t Go” on Sept 19 (Newburgh) and 21 (Schenectady). You may sign up on the college’s event page for either (or both!).
“Daddy Don’t Go” is a tough but tender journey that aims to illuminate the everyday struggles of

disadvantaged fathers. This intimate, verité film pays homage to every man who negates the

“deadbeat dad” stereotype with a deep love for his children. By allowing the viewer extraordinary access into the daily lives of its subjects, “Daddy Don’t Go” will remove the negative lens through which underprivileged fathers are currently viewed and offer audiences a new image of the American family.



MSiA 2016 Election Results

board picThe SUNY Empire State College Minority Students in Action club’s 2016 Election results are available. The 2016-2017 executive board comprises of new and existing members. 

The Communications Coordinator position is still vacant, and we are seeking to have it filled.  We would like the MSiA board to be as diverse as possible and reflective of our organization’s commitment to inclusion. So far, this is the first year that a male member will not be serving on the executive board. Therefore, we encourage our male members to consider applying. Please contact us at to express your interest in serving on the executive board.    

We are looking forward to an exciting year with our standard activities focused on enhancing the academic lives of our members and SUNY Empire State College students. There will also be the return of the Pathway Adult Literacy Program with Eastern Suffolk BOCES as well as new events that will help raise social awareness and provide the opportunity for members to pay it forward in their college community. 

Please review the election results by clicking the link below.  

Let us know if you would like to become more involved in MSiA. We can do great things together! 

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Layla Abdullah-Poulos, president

MSiA 2016 Election

The 2016 MSiA Elections will be from 6/23/16 at 12 am until 6/24/16 at 8 pm.

Voting will take place online, and there is only one vote per member.
choice-158159_1280This year, all board members are up for re-election.  In addition, there is one new executive board position, Webmaster.  The MSiA webmaster will manage the organization’s website and social media.

Use the link below to cast your vote:

2016 MSiA Election

Please complete the entire ballot.

Contact us  at with any questions or comments.

Note:  **Votes made before 8pm on 6/23/16  or after 8pm on 6/24/16 will not be valid** Incomplete ballots will not be counted. 

VOICES Poetry Group Performing at Spring Reboot ’16

In addition to great food, a chance to network with fellow ESC students, and a special Prince Tribute with DJ Doc Diamond,

VOICES Poetry group members Zahir, Tyrone, and JAHlib will perform some of their great spoken word poetry!


Don’t miss Spring Reboot ’16!

Visit the SUNY Empire State College Events page to register.

Thank You Message from Mildred VanBergen: Fall ’15 Mentor Appreciation Award Recipeient

To the Minority Students in Action Club members,

I am honored to have been considered for this award, and grateful for having received it.  Thank you all so much for taking the time to think about the good work that chosen mentors do at this college.  It is very motivating to receive such an award.  It is a unique and powerful confirmation that I am doing some things right !  This club has been a needed service to students, faculty, staff and the community.   I have been promoting it to all of the students I work with.  I am looking forward to collaborating with MSiA in the future.

My award is now in my Old Westbury Office, displayed with pride and positive power!


Mildred H Van Bergen

Aids Walk: Letter from ESC-LGBTQA Club President


I am raising funds again for this year’s AIDS Walk New York, which will be held on Sunday, May 15. This is my 30th year participating in the world’s largest AIDS fundraising event. With the generous support of my donors, I have raised over $73,000.00 to support the important work of GMHC and 40 other AIDS Service organizations in the tri-state area. These organizations provide life-saving programs and services to thousands of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, and GMHC is leading the effort to demand a cure.

This cause is very close to my heart. To date, more than 100,000 New Yorkers have died from AIDS-related causes, and thousands are still becoming infected each year. I have lost too many friends over the years that had their whole lives ahead of them and too many friends living with the virus the causes AIDS. I walk in memory of all those who lost the battle and to honor those living with the virus.

As a member of The GMHC’s Board of Directors, I look forward to the day when we can lock the doors because we found a cure. But until then I need your help!

HIV and AIDS are still serious problems for so many people in our community. Please help me continue to raise funds for critical programs that save lives and prevent new infections, bringing us closer to ending AIDS. To sponsor me, click here:

You, too, can be a part of making AIDS history by registering for AIDS Walk New York today! After you donate, join my team!

Warm Regards,

Nicholas Coppola