In solidarity with the Muslim Students Association of UNC-CH, the Asian Students Association of UNC-CH condemns the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s acceptance of an $867,000 grant for the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism program. UNC ASA believes this kind of programming is ineffective in combatting violent extremism, and perpetuates the problematic Islamophobic notion of all Muslims as potential terrorists.
UNC ASA recognizes the importance of centering the voices and experiences of those in the Muslim American community, especially in discussions concerning issues directly related to their community. In addition to that, UNC ASA calls for the prioritization of the perspectives of Muslim Americans at UNC in the allocation of resources at all levels of university programs, courses, and other academic ventures that relate to Muslim experiences.
UNC MSA’s statement and petition can be found below: