Virtual Bystander Intervention Training to Combat the Rise of Islamophobia and Hate

Thursday 13 April 2023, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm EDT, online (USA)


Participants will:

  1. Learn about the types of disrespect and dangers that Muslims and others are facing right now and throughout history — from microaggressions to violence
  2.  Understand what to look for in scenarios and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities
  3. Talk through five strategies (5Ds) for intervention and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening
  4. Practice using the 5Ds so that participants are confident intervening the next time they witness Islamophobic harassment

About the presenter:

Sufyan Sohel current serves as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Resilience Force, a national nonprofit that advocates for and protects the rights of the workforce rebuilding American communities after climate disasters. He is a civil rights lawyer, mediator, and facilitator who has dedicated his career to strengthen community organizations and to be an advocate for our most vulnerable. Before Resilience Force, Sufyan served as Deputy Director & General Counsel of CAIR-Chicago, a nonprofit that protects the rights of Muslim Americans and other marginalized communities facing hate and injustice. He led the Chicago-wide response to the Muslim Ban, organizing hundreds of attorneys and volunteers to provide legal services and support to those affected. Sufyan is a Cook County Human Rights Commissioner, the co-chair of the DePaul Law Diversity Council, and on the board of directors for the Chicago Access Network Television (CAN-TV), the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, and the ACLU of Illinois, where he serves as the organization’s Affiliate Equity Officer. Sufyan also hosts a weekly cable talk show, Change Agents, where he spotlights critical issues impacting Chicagoans, and amplifies the voices and efforts of leaders and organizations working to create positive change in Chicago’s communities.


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