What will we do?
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 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.
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.
Five committee members constitute a quorum.
Frequency of Meetings
Monthly and/or at the call of the Chair.
SERC Core Team
My name is Amal Baobaid, and I am currently a Master’s student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at Western University. My research interest lies in culturally adapting evidence-based support programs for children and families experiencing trauma. For years, I have been involved in many community development programs that address social justice issues in our communities including gender-based violence in Muslim communities. I have also worked as a social support worker with the Muslim Resources Centre for Social Support and Integration, where I have become intimately familiar with the challenges that Muslim families face in accessing mainstream services. My education, work, and personal experiences all contribute to my suitability and willingness to advocate for vulnerable individuals. These first-hand sources of knowledge inform both my academic and professional work.
My name is Wadhah Baobaid, and I graduated from Western University with a BA in psychology. I am currently working in the community service sector, an area that I have been involved in for over a decade. My passion is to serve and contribute to the larger community. I have experience in facilitating conversations with youth on gender-based violence and fostering healthy relationships. Additionally, I have always been passionate about the criminal justice system and creating community initiatives to address the gaps between marginalized youth and police officers. In my spare time, I enjoy engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and swimming.”
My name is Amira Elkassem and I am a Lebanese Canadian born and raised in London, Ontario. I am currently studying Social Justice and Peace Studies with a minor in Psychology at King’s University College. I am passionate about education and its impact on a community, especially when it comes to educating those about social justice issues.
Elyas has spent almost the last decade working in community development with a focus on addressing social challenges that impact integration and well-being of individuals and families. During this time, he has implemented projects with this goal of violence prevention through community engagement and capacity building. Elyas' research and project implementation has also focused on empowering communities through strengthening the relationships between faith based, ethnic and multicultural communities and government funded agencies with the common goal of increasing safety and well-being of these communities. He graduated from Western University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Management. Outside of work, Elyas enjoys being in nature and spending time with family and friends.
Somali-Canadian born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I have been residing in London, Ontario for the past nine years. I recently completed my Honours Bachelor’s Degree at Western University where I did a double major in Health Sciences and Women’s Studies. I am currently pursuing a diploma in Health Information Management. I am passionate about social and health equity. I hope to understand how health information impacts the care individuals receive. My goal is to later go into health policy and advocate for marginalized populations.
My name is Mavis and I was born to Chinese immigrants and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2007, I made the decision to converted to Islam. I was recognized in 2016 as a recipient of the Leading Women, Building Communities award. I have been involved with various community groups including the Muslim Outreach committee at LMM. I reply my problem solving abilities to consult with organizations experiencing operational issues.
Palestinian-Canadian born and based in London, Ontario. I received my MA in Women's Studies and Feminist Research from the University of Western Ontario in 2020, with a research project about the poetry of Palestinian women living in the diaspora. I'm passionate about social justice, feminism, and decolonial efforts in particular. I'm also a writer and director for the audio fiction podcast Signed, Venus, a mystery road trip show about uncovering the identity of an anonymous travel writer.
My name is Arifa Serter. I am a litigation lawyer practicing in insurance defence/ subrogation at Harrison Pensa LLP. I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I am an active member in both the London Muslim community and the greater London community. I also sit on the board for the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. My family and I were the first Muslim foster family in Ontario and have been fostering in the London community since 2001.
I was raised in London, Ontario and has earned a diploma in Business and a degree in Political Science. I converted to Islam in 2006 and I have been active within the community since. I have taken part in the Muslim Outreach committee at LMM. I operate my own business in London.