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Muslim students demand prayer rooms in every ‘major building’

University of Maryland

A group of students at the University of Maryland have released a list of 64 action items to make the campus climate friendlier to “marginalized student populations”.

ProtectUMD, the collective project that released the list of demands, is a coalition between 25 independent student organizations at the University of Maryland. Among the members of the group are Students for Justice in Palestine, Bisexuals at Maryland, and the Black Student Union.

The “marginalized students populations” include:

  • Marginalized
  • American Indian
  • Black
  • Latinx
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Muslim
  • Pro-Palestine
  • Undocumented

Among the demands are scholarships for students of marginalized groups, a university ban on Columbus Day, tenure for African-American professors, preferred pronouns featured on all rosters, and that “queer diversity training” be mandatory.

Muslim students also want “one room in each major building designated for prayer” and “shuttle services to [local mosques] for Muslim students to have access to a place of worship.”

“We commend the students for their passionate advocacy and for coming together in solidarity on these issues,” a university spokesperson told Campus Reform. “President Loh has convened a group of his staff to thoroughly review the list of demands and make recommendations accordingly. That process is well underway.”

(H/T Campus Reform)

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