Anti-Islamophobia Working Group

The Anti-Islamophobia Working Group at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse strives to foster a welcoming environment by promoting greater public awareness about Muslims, their histories, cultures, and contemporary lives, while working to embrace inclusivity for all. More specifically, the Anti-Islamophobia Working Group seeks to enhance understanding about the rising hostility and bigotry towards Muslims and its root causes, through interdisciplinary programming on campus and in the community.


Show your solidarity

Download and display the following poster, in collaboration with the Main Street Alliance. (Click the image to download the full size PDF file.)



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UWL Statement of Solidarity with the Muslim Community
The negative rhetoric and increasing discrimination against Muslims across the United States compels our campus community to reaffirm one of our core values, that of recognizing and embracing “the strength that resides in our human diversity, both culturally and intellectually.”  We are committed to the inclusion and acceptance of people of all religious beliefs. We reject hostility and hateful rhetoric directed at Muslims, and we oppose religious bigotry and racism in all its forms.   
As a campus, our mission is to serve the community “by providing a welcoming environment that facilitates learning opportunities, embraces diversity, and enriches the campus experience.”  As faculty, staff, and students, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for Muslims in and beyond our community. We value the contributions made every day by Muslim faculty, staff, and students at UWL. By cultivating friendships with Muslims and challenging Islamophobia, we renew our commitment to being a community that respects and celebrates different beliefs in our pursuit of knowledge and peace in the 21st century.

Endorsed by:
Faculty Senate
Academic Staff Council
Student Senate
University Staff Council
Chancellor Joe Gow

The Racquet article on statement of solidarity

Past Events and News expanding section

Corey Saylor (April 2016)

Azhar Usman (November 2016)

CLS Capstone article (Spring 2017)

Shayna Plaut (April 2017)

Mariah Idrissi (October 2017)

Louise Cainkar (November 2018)