CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif delivered a presentation to students at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 18th to share how CAIR-Chicago engages with the media and advocates for a fair depiction of Muslim-Americans. Many of the students in the class will go on to careers in communication and journalism.
Sharif discussed CAIR-Chicago’s work to combat religious discrimination and promote religious tolerance, and explained how media plays a critical role in that effort. She described how CAIR-Chicago serves as a resource to journalists and news producers by offering them support and expert analysis as they develop their news reports. She also elaborated on the organization’s media monitoring program and proactive efforts to challenge biased and bigoted views presented in news media.
Students asked questions about the various projects Sharif manages as a communications professional at a non-profit organization and tried to gain an understanding of what her daily tasks entail.
Professor Linda Landis Andrews, who invited Amina Sharif to present commented afterward that Sharif informed the students “how to be a communications practitioner that creates change” and “expertly defined the obstacles and challenges involved with her vocation.”
Sharif presents to Professor Andrew’s class every semester.