msa organizational summit
What is MOS?
The MSA Organizational Summit (MOS) is an annual training program for MSA officers and other community leaders. This weekend-long retreat is designed in consultation with various organizations specializing in organizational development with the goal of providing MSAs with practical advice in various key areas, including navigating board dynamics, gender relations, creating safe-sacred spaces and inclusive environments, and activism. MOS is held annually in the summer at La Grange, Texas. Due to COVID-19, MOS was held virtually in August 2020.
MOS 2020 Topics
Safe Sacred Spaces
Alia Salem & Sara Bawany
Facing Abuse in Community Environments (FACE) will help attendees understand their role as barriers and solutions when facing abuse in a community setting. This session will provide an overview of abuses of power, strategies to prevent spiritual & sexual abuse, and processes on how to deal with such situations. Attendees will also be given a carefully crafted code of conduct to integrate into their MSA communities.
Ustadha Fatima Lette
“The Messenger of God is an excellent model for those of you who put your hope in God and the Last Day and remember Him often.” (Surah al-Ahzab Verse 21)
We learn in the Quran that it is a part of our tradition & religious duty to have role models and take from those role models. We learn that the greatest role model that we have had is the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He teaches us how to be good to our family & friends, and how to be teachers & leaders. In this session, we will explore the importance of being good leaders and how to do so in the different realms of our lives.
Dr. Zahir Latheef
Board dynamics can make or break an MSA. The way officers interact with one another—whether during officer meetings or in front of the general body—is crucial in shaping the culture of an MSA. In this session, we will discuss what MSA board members can do, individually and collectively, to perfect this critical aspect of our MSAs. This session will also highlight the importance of building trust & conflict resolution.
Partnerships to our Detriment: Repression & Surveillance of Muslim Communities
Mohamad Fattouh & Mehreen Arshad
What is the history of surveillance programs in this country? Who do they target and who do they protect? In this session, we will cover the history of surveillance, the strategy shift of institutions portraying themselves as allies, & current programming that targets our Muslim communities. We will discuss the need for taking a proactive approach to avoid falling into traps that collectively harm our communities.
Shaykh Fahad Tasleem
Islam has become the most misunderstood theology in the United States. Islamophobia, bigotry, & hate have become more apparent & even encouraged in some parts of the world. In this session, we will explore the concept of dawah, discuss its importance, and gain the necessary knowledge & skill set to debunk common misconceptions of the religion.
Shia Islam 101: Facts & Fiction
Shia Muslims make up 10% of the global Muslim population but tend to be underrepresented in our local MSAs. In this session, we will provide an introduction to Shi’ism & discuss common misconceptions. Attendees will be given the space to develop steps to internally reflect & redefine MSA programming towards Shia & other minority Muslim students.
Kenyatta Bakeer, MuslimARC
2020 has been a year of revolutionary change, both nationally and locally. This session will guide MSAs through understanding what anti-racism means at its core and introduce the concepts of implicit bias & microaggressions. We will describe the social impact of racism on our communities and Muslim centered spaces, and cultivate practices to actively promote anti-racism.
MSA Lone Star Council
As the final session, cross training will bring together various key elements covered throughout the weekend. In this session, we will simulate real-life scenarios that many MSAs run into & closely explore methods to tackle each situation. Attendees will grain hands on experience in conflict resolution and come out with a greater understanding & appreciation of the roles each MSA officer & member brings.