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Islamophobia Awareness Month 

Have you heard of Mo Farrah, Nadiya Hussain or Zayn Malik? Do you know what they all have in common? They’re all British Muslims who have made an outstanding impact in sport or entertainment.

We know about them because they have high profiles but there are millions of Muslims having a positive impact on British culture simply by the way they live their lives.    

November is Islamophobia Awareness Month. Loughborough University embraces this opportunity to celebrate the positive contributions of Muslims on our Loughborough and London campuses and in the wider community and to raise awareness of Islamophobia and its impact on Muslims all over the world.   

Although associated with religious difference, Islamophobia is racism by another name. As with all racism, it is born out of irrationality, ignorance, hatred and fear and manifests in physical and verbal attack, harassment and microaggressions. We call on all members of our community to stand against Islamophobia in all of its forms.

One way to do this is to take a look at this Islamophobia Awareness Organisation University Resource Pack which contains information to help raise awareness, challenge misconceptions and stereotypes and suggestions for how you can get involved in the dismantling of Islamophobia. Let’s continue to stand against racism of any kind and show each other understanding, respect and compassion, not just in November.   

 If you ever experience or witness Islamophobia or any other kind of racism at Loughborough University, please report using the online reporting tool. 

As we witness the extremely distressing events in Palestine and Israel let’s all be mindful that some of us in our community will be directly impacted, worried and grieving.