Recently Marquette University announced the hiring of Afnan Musaitif, a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology, as the first Muslim campus minister on their Milwaukee campus. Though Muslim students are only 1% of the student body at the private Catholic university, the school wanted to create the position to provide their students proper guidance and understanding of the Muslim faith.
“The Muslim students are in need of someone like Afnan to reach out to when Muslims are being bashed on the news (or on) social media or when the Muslim students are facing personal issues and do not know where to go,” says student Faezh Dalieh who is a Juinor. “Afnan stands as a voice, a representative and as a friend to all the Muslim students on campus.”
Chaplain Afnan Musaitif says she wants to make sure all “students have their needs met and feel included on campus.” She will be holding biweekly meetings for Muslim and non-Muslim students where Muslim life on campus and other topical issues will be discussed, with the clear goal of providing a “safe space” for engagement and debate.