Gerald Hankerson Conducts Workshop with CPS, Universal School 8th Graders

On May 11, 2017, CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson presented an interactive workshop to 100 eighth graders at Universal School in Bridgeview.

CAIR-Chicago coordinated a service-learning workshop with Telpochcalli Elementary School and Universal School that connected intersectionality between the Trump executive orders banning citizens from several Muslim-majority nations and the push to build a wall along the Mexican-U.S. border. Telpochcalli and Universal eighth grade students represented various backgrounds that included Latino, Arab, and African American, as well as those with or without immigrantfamilial ties.


Hankerson and his Outreach Intern, Jena Armouti, presented a primer on Muslim American civil rights to the Telpochcalli class before the students participated in the intercultural exchange with their peers at Universal.  In the joint workshop with both schools, the students split into teams to discuss the distinctions and similarities of discrimination and civil rights attacks they experienced and targeting their communities. Each group created a public service announcement ad campaign, #NoBanNoWall, incorporating messages in Spanish, Arabic and English that conveyed solidarity between them and inviting all communities to stand up against bigotry. The event ended with the Telpochcalli students touring the Mosque Foundation and having lunch with Universal students.