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Creighton’s Muslim Student Association convenes panel to examine recent policy changes on immigration and refugees

The fallout from and future outlook on the recent shifts in immigration and refugee policies brought on by the new U.S. presidential administration will be the subject of a panel conversation at Creighton University.

Creighton’s Muslim Student Association will host “Immigration: A Panel Discussion on Recent Policy Changes, Student Experiences, and Religious Intolerance,” Monday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Mutual of Omaha Ballroom at the Skutt Student Center.

The panel will take on the question of how the recent executive order banning travelers from seven predominately Muslim nations is affecting both American citizens and the people from those nations, many of whom are looking for refuge from violence.

Panel organizers hope to engage a wide-ranging conversation on immigration and refugees with an eye toward illustrating how the changes in policy are having a global impact.

“The changes that are happening affect all of us and what better way to grow than to listen to each other’s perspective,” said Fatiha Iqbal, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the panel’s organizers.

The panel comprises three Creighton students, Hafsah Naeem, an international student from Pakistan; Nidaa Mungloo, an international student from Mauritius; and Aditi Dinakar, speaker of the board of the Creighton Students Union. René Padilla, PhD, Creighton’s vice provost for Global Engagement, and Bassel El-Kasaby, a local attorney specializing in immigration law, will round out the panel.

Joining the Muslim Student Association in sponsoring the panel are the International Students Association and the Creighton Students Union. This event is free and open to the public.

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