What will we do?

Mandate

The Social and Racial Equity Committee, in collaboration with the London Muslim community, will work towards identifying and responding meaningfully to issues regarding social and racial marginalization within our community and beyond, and establish training programs and workshops that will facilitate a supportive learning environment that is committed to justice for all. 

The ultimate responsibility of this committee is to ensure that the leadership of the mosque represents the community. The Social and Racial Equity Committee will pave the way for a new culture at the LMM that:

  • Recognizes the perpetuation of structural issues such as classism, racism, ableism, and sexism within our community, and identifies ways that the LMM can respond meaningfully to these issues

  • Creates programs and avenues for expression for marginalized members of our community that are informed by and responsive to community members’ needs

  • Makes resources and training available to community members in the areas of sensitivity, communication, and interpersonal skills to create an environment for discussion of issues of inequality that:

- Does not allow anyone to judge, intimidate, disrespect, and/or undermine others
- Empowers us with the skills required to have tough conversations with each other while maintaining mutual purpose and mutual respect
- Creates a safe space that does not allow for offensive behaviour
- Helps us all to address and deal with important topics and issues, while at the same time addressing conflict and building solidarity and    unity within the community
  • Makes resources and training available to community members that will help raise awareness of what issues affect our community and provide an informed understanding of how we should respond to them

  • Recommends and implements programming and policies for addressing the needs and concerns of marginalized community members, and seeks to ensure that on every level the LMM does not contribute to the marginalization of others

  • Identify and address the necessary concerns to ensure that participation is inclusive and accessible to people of all social and economic demographics, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and identities. Facilitate community conversations so we can listen and unlearn harmful biases, become involved, respond to our own community’s needs, build meaningful solidarity with those who are not part of our community, and work towards change

  •  Work in solidarity with activist efforts in London, Canada, and global communities and provide recommendations for acting in solidarity with these communities to the LMM Board

Additionally, the SREC is responsible for

  • Creating and submitting an annual work plan and budget to the Board at a date specified by the Board

  • Maintaining proper meeting minutes and documents for all activities and programs

  • Creating and submitting an annual written report to the Board at a date specified by the Board

The Board

The LMM Board member(s) sitting on this committee will provide regular updates on the progress of this committee to the LMM Board. The Chair of the committee, or a committee member designated by the committee, will semiannually present to the LMM Board the plans and measurable objectives of the committee.

Chair

Wadhah Baobaid

Vice-Chair

Serena Rahhal

Reporting Secretary

Elyas Farooqi

The committee will consist of at least seven community members, including the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, as well as one LMM Board member. Committee members must be approved by the LMM Board. 

Open for staff members. 2-year term for community members, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. 

The LMM Board member(s) sitting on this committee will provide regular updates on the progress of this committee to the LMM Board. The Chair of the committee, or acommittee member designated by the committee, will semiannually present to the LMM Board the plans and measurable objectives of the committee.

Quorum

Five committee members constitute a quorum.

Frequency of Meetings

Monthly and/or at the call of the Chair.

SERC Core Team



How will we function?


We will work with partners to both establish and participate in certain social justice or human rights initiatives, workshops, and training programs. Then we will email our community to invite volunteers to take part in these initiatives and programs through subcommittees of the Social and Racial Equity Committee.  Once the pandemic has advanced to a stage where it is safe to do so, information about how to volunteer will also be shared in-person to ensure accessibility.


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