The Trump Effect: Techniques to Combat Prejudice in the Age of Islamophobia

The Trump Effect: Techniques to Combat Prejudice in the Age of Islamophobia

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Communications

Starts: Thursday, Jul. 14 10:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jul. 14 11:15 AM (Eastern)

Room: 101

How can you possibly connect with an audience that sees your skin color or your head scarf and thinks “terrorist”? How can you be an effective ally for Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities? With SCIENCE! This training will explore how the brain filters messages to reinforce or combat previous stereotypes, describe social psych techniques to diffuse bias and provide concrete examples of how to implement these techniques. Training includes examples from successful media campaigns to counter bias against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim (Arab, Sikh, South Asian), reflecting the socio-political climate of the past year.

This training is meant for activists and advocates in the field. Training level is beginner to intermediate.


Zainab Chaudary

Zainab Chaudary

Zainab Chaudary is the Senior Media Associate in the Security and Rights Collaborative at ReThink Media. With nearly a decade of communications, policy, and outreach experience, Zainab coordinates, trains, and assists member organizations and coalition groups with effective communications strategies, the monitoring and auditing of news coverage, and rapid response to breaking news and social media trends. Prior to ReThink, Zainab spent five years on the staff of Congressman Rush D. Holt (D-NJ), where she built relationships with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities, and led coalition engagement initiatives in the fight for civil liberties.

Zainab served as National Communications Director for the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP) from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as a steering committee member of the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ annual “Ready to Run” conference, which prepares women interested in running for office. She is also currently serving as vice-chair on the board of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). A geek at heart, by night she runs The Rebel Princess Field Manual, a blog about the lessons of politics and resistance in sci fi and fantasy.

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