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CAIR-OH Reps Trained to Teach About Diversity


(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/31/06) – Representatives of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) recently attended a “train the trainer” workshop for those dealing with cultural diversity and sensitivity issues related to Islam and Muslims within the Ohio Child Welfare system.

Fifteen members of Ohio’s Muslim Community took part in the workshop. After being certified, these individuals may be called on to provide diversity training throughout the state of Ohio.

The program is designed to educate social workers about Islam in general and the cultural sensitivities that are associated with Muslim families. Social workers can then apply this information to help meet the needs of Muslim children and families that are in Ohio’s Child Welfare system.

“Many social workers are not familiar with Islam or Muslim families, and are therefore at a disadvantage when it comes to fulfilling the needs of children and families within the child welfare system,” said CAIR-Ohio Director Adnan Mirza.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. The CAIR-Ohio Chapter has three offices – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Adnan Mirza, 614-451-3232, E-Mail:; Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, 614-451-3232 E-Mail:


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