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Week of Islam Broadens Cultural Awareness

"Powerful." "Changed my life." "My daughter talked with us every night about what she learned that day; she wanted to keep exploring the topics as a family." "This night alone was worth the year's tuition."

These are just a few of the hundreds of passion-filled comments in response to the week-long education, open dialogue and engaging activities focused on Islam, religious beliefs, global awareness and pluralism.

To learn about the week, read thew News & Advance article about the evening with Qasim Rashid, and view both the parent and student events on video, click Read More below.

Watching the week unfold and talking with students and colleagues, it is clear that the content shared was transformative. Learning and conversations such as these are what VES is all about—encouraging exploration, questioning, curiosity and critical thinking; opening minds; and teaching children and adults how to think, not what to think.

If you did not have the opportunity to participate in the parent evening discussion with Qasim Rashid, you may view it here. We also invite you to watch Mr. Rashid's presentation to our students.

"Powerful." "Changed my life." "My daughter talked with us every night about what she learned that day; she wanted to keep exploring the topics as a family." "This night alone was worth the year's tuition."

These are just a few of the hundreds of passion-filled comments in response to last week's education, open dialogue and engaging activities focused on Islam, religious beliefs, global awareness and pluralism.

Watching the week unfold and talking with students and colleagues, it is clear that the content shared was transformative. Learning and conversations such as these are what VES is all about—encouraging exploration, questioning, curiosity and critical thinking; opening minds; and teaching children and adults how to think, not what to think.

As she opened the parent presentation, Jen Anderson, Global Studies leader at Virginia Episcopal School, said: "Let this evening be the first of many small steps we take to bridge understanding and differences in order to embrace our shared humanity."

To view the parent evening discussion with Qasim Rashid, you may view it here.

We also invite you to watch Mr. Rashid's presentation to VES students.

In addition, please read the excellent article and photos in the News & Advance that capture the spirit and content of last night's fireside chat with Maria El-Abd, who spoke about growing up and living today as a Muslim in Central Virginia, and Qasim Rashid's presentation about the history of Islam and "his group’s new 'True Islam' campaign, aimed at spreading a compassionate, anti-terrorist view of Islam to Muslim youth and to non-Muslims seeking to understand the religion." 

Read the article.
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