CAIR edu coordinator/prof at UCF uses diversity program to propagate Islam - pushed non Muslims to intern at Muslim Academy
March 12, 2006
MIM: Yasmeen Qadri is the CAIR educational affairs coordinator and former principal of the MACF (Muslim Academy of Central Florida. She is currently the head of the educational affairs department of Valencia College and ran the educational department and diversity course at the University of Central Florida. Qadri insidiously used her professorial position for Da'wa (Islamic proselytising) under the guise of a Diversity studies course, and coerced non Muslim UCF students to do their teaching internships at the MACF. It is worth noting that the Diversity studies course featured an entire page about Muslims and the Muslim Academy.
In addition her diversity agenda was propagating Islam. According to two student entries on "Rate My Professor" Qadri "is very focussed on teaching about the Muslim religion- not diverse populations". Another student testified that "she tried to force me to do my observations at the Muslim Academy". Such blatant proselytising is the methadology of CAIR and shows how radical Islam is using the tactic of Jihad through Da'wa (Islamic propagation) at the University of Central Florida.
MIM: At an educational conference in 2005 Qadri , CAIR educational director ,together with Ahmed Bedier the communications director to,used the ploy of diversity to push for the Islamisation of public schools and cynically cited the First Amendment 'freedom of religion; to push their demands for having Muslim religious practices accomodate, an agenda which is antithetical to diversity.
Encouraging Sensitivity to Differing Religious Expressions
As more Muslim children become visible in U.S. public schools, the need to enhance religious tolerance and accommodate differing religious expression has become increasingly essential in the school setting. Strategies to accomplish these goals were addressed in Saturday's session "Muslims Are Americans, Too: Embracing Global Education in the 21st Century."
"This kind of dialogue is helpful for students because it helps build bridges across the different customs," Qadri said. Ahmed Bedier, communications director for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Tampa, Fla., discussed the First Amendment and the Equal Access Act of 1984 that protect religious expression in institutions that receive federal funding, such as school districts.
"In making decisions as educators, you cannot discriminate against students' practice of religion or fail to accommodate their religious expression needs," Bedier said.
The First Amendment protects, such as prayer, fasting, religious observance, special clothing or special dietary needs. The Equal Access Act affirms the right for student-initiated religious activities in public schools.
Common excuses for failing to accommodate students' special religious needs, Bedier said, include, "if we accommodate you, we have to accommodate everyone" or "our policy forbids it" or "other students have never requested such a thing." "It's a right for our children to observe our holidays just as other children have the right to observe Christmas," he noted.
"Also, policies are made to be amended according to circumstance, and just because one student doesn't recognize a religious observance, that's their business, but if another student does, that's their right."
MIM: Students who took Qadri's course complained that she was engaged in Da'wa not diversity and tried to force them to do their internship (and be exposed to Islam), at her former school 'Muslim Academy of Central Florida'.
Note: Dr. Yasmeen Qadri is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education at University of Central Florida.
MIM: Qadri is featured on the Islamist Meccacentric website giving her views on how education is the only way to "prepare future generations of Muslims" (a side reference to Da'wa) and claims that "It's time for Muslims to take action".
Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Minutes for Saturday April 16, 2005
Gulf Coast Community College Mohammed Mubarak
University of Central Florida Summiya Quadri
Valencia Community College Kamran Quadri
University of Florida Marwan Sheik
University of South Florida Naveed Kamal
Chairperson Iman Zawahry
Secretary Nur Zeinomar
Advisor Dr. Yasmeen Qadri
Chairperson Iman Zawahry welcomed everyone to the meeting and restated the goals of the FL council, which are to establish bonds between the Muslim Student Associations across the state, and to create a platform through which Muslim brothers and sisters can become more familiar and learn from one another.
Each representative introduced their school and the number of people, active and inactive, in their respective MSA's:
University of Florida: 40 active, 500 total members
University of Central Florida: 20 active, 75 total members
Valencia Community College: 10 active, 30 total
University of South Florida: 40 active, 200 total
Gulf Coast Community College: 15 active, 23 total
Zawahry then gave a short summary of the year. Besides many conference calls, the Amir Suleiman tour of GCCC, FSU, UF, and USF was a highly successful event and the poet really enjoyed it and would love to repeat it. Also included in this year were the MSA East Zone conference and the upcoming retreat.
A. Affiliation with MSA national
Zawahry stressed the importance of affiliation with MSA national. She mentioned upcoming elections, and each school can only vote if they have been affiliated for at least a year. East Zone representative Ahmed Sidky, running for vice president of MSA national, helped establish the www.muslimstudents.info website which facilitated the affiliation of over a 100 schools in just a month.
B. Update on East Zone Conference:
Alhamdullah, FSU won the website challenge at the East Zone conference, which really helped represent Florida.
Around 1200 registered for the conference which was very well organized and consisted of many informative and new sessions. It was also the largest and most expensive conference hosted by MSA national. Some of the speakers were: Br. Nouman Ali Khan, Imam Abdul Malik, Sheikh Abdullah Adhami, Imam Zaid Shakir, and Sheikh Husain Abdul Sattar.
Iman stressed the importance of advertising for the retreat at each school and handed out fliers to pass out. Only 100 spots are available.
The speaker for the retreat is still in the process of being confirmed. Nauman Ali Khan is being contacted. Kamal El-Mekki and Hisham Mahmoud are also possibilities.
The price of the retreat will cost around 8,500 dollars, and since the fundraising goal of 500 dollars for each school was not met, the council agreed to raise the registration fee from 50 to 55 dollars for early registration and 60 dollars for late registration.
The tentative schedule and the workshop topics were then decided upon. The topic suggestions included:
Topics were also suggested for the 45 min debate between the brothers and sisters:
The Icebreaker was also decided on:
Islamic Jeopardy, Twinkie towers.
Entertainment activity will be voted on when registering on the website. Ideas are:
The Council also agreed to have a Quran Competition on Saturday morning after Fajr between the schools. The winner will be announced at the banquet.
The first formal banquet will also take place at the retreat. The council decided on the awards to give out:
UCF: - Fast-at-thon,
Valencia: - Muslims around the World Fair
- Giving Tree, students bought 1 apple for 1 dollar, raised 400 dollars
- Canned food drive
GCCC: - Amir Suleiman
USF: - Islam 101 class every Thursday, 5 regular non-Muslim attendees
UF: - Welcome dinner for new students, CAIR speaker
The annual elections for the council board, year 2005-2006 took place. The results are:
Chair: Naveed Kamal (University of South Florida-Tampa)
Secretary- Summaiya Qadri (University of Central Florida- Orlando)
Iman then reminded everyone to buy their T-shirts, made the closing dua and the meeting was adjourned.
Members of the Mayor's Education Action Council
Yasmeen Qadri, Ed.D.
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 1994
Doctorate in Education:
- Area of Emphasis: Educational Leadership; Multiculturalism;
Curriculum & Instruction
- Dissertation topic: Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning
Practices for Training Teachers in Multicultural Education.
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 1991
Master of Arts: Social Science
Osmania University Hyderabad, India 1978
Master of Arts--Psychology
St. Francis College Hyderabad, India 1976
Bachelor of Arts--Literature, Political Science, Child Psychology
Professor in Education, Valencia Community College 2002-Present
Adjunct Professor, University of Central Florida, 1995-Present
* Area of Instruction: Multicultural Education; foundation
in Education, Teaching Diverse Population, ESOL
Local Colleges, Universities, Public, and Private Schools 1994-Present
Partnerships, Teacher Preparation, Mentoring, Workshops, & Seminars
National Council for Community and Justice Orlando, FL 1991-Present
Youth Facilitator: Building Better Communities
Muslim Academy of Central Florida Orlando, FL 1991-2002
Principal (Pre-K to High School)
* Opened a full-time multicultural school
* Established policies
* Developed student and teacher handbooks
* Provided in-service teachers training with emphasis on Gender and
* Curriculum development
* Extensive experience designing, developing, implementing, monitoring
and evaluating Educational Programs with a focus on research and
Application of Research on Women Issues; cross-cultural experiential
learning practices; leadership roles of Muslim women in the west;
and Gender Discrimination
* Hiring of staff
* Organized fund-raising events, seminars, and staff development
Indian Embassy School Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1984-1987
Minaret-e-Jeddah Saudi School Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1983-1984
N.Y. Institute of Child Development, Inc. Manhattan, NY 1981
Jewish Center for Family and Children Services New York, NY 1980
University of Central Florida / Valencia Community College
* Teaching Strategies I
* Analysis of Educational Foundations
* Introduction to Education
* Teaching Diverse Populations
* Multicultural Education
* History of American Education
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
Florida Law Related Education
* Islam & Democracy at Democracy Camp Tallahassee, FL 2003
American Association of Educational Research (AAER)
* Muslim-American Student: An Endangered Species Florida 2003
National Interfaith Conference
* Delegation to Washington 2003
Women Retreat - Presbetarian Church
*Prayers in the Middle of the Muddle 2003
Islamic Society of North America
* Keeping the Peace in the Board: Challenges of Islamic Shools 2003
Education Forum Chicago, IL 2002
* Leadership in the 21st Century: Challenges
for Islamic School Principals
Kappa Delta Pi Orlando, FL 2001
* To teach is to Touch Your Own Future:
How to be an Effective Teacher (co-presenter)
Staff Development Houston, TX 2000
* Teacher as a Role Model
Elementary Education Orlando, FL 1999
* Cross-Cultural Experiential Teaching and
Learning -- Key to Multicultural Education
Islamic Society of North America Chicago, IL 1999
* Islamization of Behavior
American Association for Teaching and Curriculum Orlando, FL 1999
* Celebrating Diversity: Leading the Way into
the New Millennium
Islamic Medical Association (International) Hyderabad, India 1999
* Our Children-Our Future: An Awakening Call
in the New Millennium
American Association for teaching and Curriculum Orlando, FL 1998
* Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century: Cross
Cultural Experiential Learning Practices for
Training Teachers in Multicultural Education.
National University of Ireland Kildare, Ireland 1997
* Faith: The Key to Successful Education (co-presenter)
Islamic Medical Association Orlando, FL 1997
* Marriage: Is it an End to Education?
United Muslim Conference Orlando, FL 1996
* Split Personality Syndrome in Muslim Youth:
Is it a Myth of Reality?
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 1996
* Unity in Diversity: Teachers Can Make a Difference
Miami Symposium of Private Schools Miami, FL 1995
* The Principalship: Building a Learning Community
University Behavioral Center Orlando, FL 1996
* Study Skills Workshop for Youth
Assoc. of Supervision & Curriculum Dev. San Francisco, CA 1995
* Multicultural Education: Preparing Teachers
for the 21st Century
Assoc. of Supervision & Curriculum Dev. Los Angeles, CA 1994
* Cross Cultural Experiential Learning Practices for Training
Teachers in Mulicultural Education
Assoc. of Supervision & Curriculum Dev. Baltimore, MD 1994
* Intercultural Experiential Learning of Anglo-American
Teachers in a Muslim Academy
Public and Private schools, Colleges, Universitites, and Businesses
* Mentoring in Islamic Schools,
Retention of Principals & Teachers
* Cross-Cultural Training
* Character Education
* Teachers Training
* Parenting Youth - Our Future Leaders
* Building effective Boards
FEATURED / RECOGNITION
* Featured on 580 WDBO and 1440 WPRD
* Featured on WESH and WFTV, loval affiliates of NBC and ABC News
* Featured in Central Florida Family Magazine
* Featured in the Orlando Sentinel
* Kappa Delta Pi INternational Honor Society
* Who's Who in American Education
* International Biographical Center: One Thousand Great Americans
* Mayor's Education Task Force
* American Muslim Alliance
* Catholic Social Services, Inc.
* Community Resource Volunteer
* National Council for Community and Justice (NCCJ)
* UCF Student Alumni Association Mentor Program
* Women's Multi-Faith Center in the South
* Muslim Women's Association
* National Educators Forum
* Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
* American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC)
* Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
* Central Florida Association of non-Public Schools (CFANS)
* Council on American-Islamic Relations - FL Chapter (CAIR-FL)
* Advisor, Muslim Students Association - Valencia Community College
Dr. Karen Biraimah, Chair, Educational Studies, Department of Education,
University of Central Florida. Tel: (407) 823-2427
Mrs. Nirsa Gautier, Lawton Chiles Elementary School, Teacher of the Year
11001 Bloomfield Drive, Orlando, FL 32825
Telephone (407) 737-1470
Dr. Marcella Kysilka, Chair, Doctoral Studies, University of Central Florida, orlando, FL.32816
Phone: (407) 823-2011
Dr. Phyllis Olmstead, Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FLorida 33314. Telephone 1-800-986-3223, Ext. 4094. Fax (954) 423-1224
Dr. Zena Sulkes, Director, The Hebrew Day School of Central Florida, 851 N. Maitland
Avenue Maitland, FL. 32751. Tel: (407) 647-0713 Fax: (407) 647-1223