(LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI, 10/3/06) - The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today welcomed a decision by administrators at Michigan State University to hold diversity training sessions for its faculty and student body.
The training will include an Islamic awareness workshop funded by the university and given in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association (MSA).
Representatives of CAIR-MI and the MSA at Michigan State University met with university officials to discuss instituting diversity programming for faculty as a result of an incident earlier this year in which a tenured professor sent an offensive e-mail to the MSA.
In the e-mail sent on February 28, 2006, Dr. Indrek Wichman referred to Muslims as "dissatisfied, agressive (sic), brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems."
"We are glad that Michigan State University affirmed its commitment to inclusion and to creating a healthy academic environment for its students by instituting these measures," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-569-2203, firstname.lastname@example.org