The scarves distributed outside the Coffman Memorial Union building were part of an effort to promote a Thursday night lecture, “Gender Equity in Islam and America” by Dr. Lisa Zainab Killinger, sponsored by the Muslim student group Al Madinah.

Both events were designed to help women of other religions to understand what it might feel like to be Muslim in the United States, said student event planner Susan Samaha.

Alexandra Mayo-Cullen, who works in Human Resources at the U, said that before taking a hijab she felt the custom was “a little bit oppressive because I don’t see the men wearing it.” But after talking with the students, who dressed her in the hijab, she looked pleased.


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